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Exploratory factor analysis and psychometric evaluation of the Teachers Reporting Attitude Scale for Child Sexual Abuse

Walsh, Kerryann M., Rassafiani, Mehdi, Mathews, Benjamin P., Farrell, Ann, & Butler, Desmond A. (2012) Exploratory factor analysis and psychometric evaluation of the Teachers Reporting Attitude Scale for Child Sexual Abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 21(5), pp. 489-506.

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Abstract

This paper presents an evaluation of an instrument to measure teachers’ attitudes towards reporting child sexual abuse and discusses the instrument’s merit for research into reporting practice. Based on responses from 444 Australian teachers, the Teachers’ Reporting Attitude Scale for Child Sexual Abuse (TRAS - CSA) was evaluated using exploratory factor analysis. The scale isolated three dimensions: commitment to the reporting role; confidence in the system’s response to reports; and concerns about reporting. These three factors accounted for 37.5% of the variance in the 14-item measure. Alpha coefficients for the subscales were 0.769 (commitment), 0.617 (confidence), and 0.661 (concerns). The findings provide insights into the complexity of studying teachers’ attitudes towards reporting of child sexual abuse, and have implications for future research.

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ID Code: 53905
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: child sexual abuse, attitude scale, exploratory factor analysis, mandatory reporting, teacher
DOI: 10.1080/10538712.2012.689423
ISSN: 1053-8712
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright Routledge 2012
Deposited On: 28 Sep 2012 15:42
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2014 16:22

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