Teachers’ attitudes toward reporting child sexual abuse : problems with existing research leading to new scale development
Walsh, Kerryann M., Rassafiani, Mehdi , Mathews, Benjamin P., Farrell, Ann, & Butler, Desmond A. (2010) Teachers’ attitudes toward reporting child sexual abuse : problems with existing research leading to new scale development. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 19(3), pp. 310-336.
This paper details a systematic literature review identifying problems in extant research relating to teachers’ attitudes towards reporting child sexual abuse, and offers a model for new attitude scale development and testing. Scale development comprised a five-phase process grounded in contemporary attitude theories including: a) developing the initial item pool; b) conducting a panel review; c) refining the scale via an expert focus group; d) building content validity through cognitive interviews; e) assessing internal consistency via field testing. The resulting 21-item scale displayed construct validity in preliminary testing. The scale may prove useful as a research tool, given the theoretical supposition that attitudes may be changed with time, context, experience, and education. Further investigation with a larger sample is warranted.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||child sexual abuse, mandatory reporting, attitudes, teachers, Kerryann Walsh|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research|
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Current > Schools > School of Law
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2010 Routledge|
|Deposited On:||05 Jul 2010 07:25|
|Last Modified:||01 Mar 2012 00:22|
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