evidence and practice
Validity and reliability of the psychometric properties of a child abuse questionnaire
June Patricia Colgrave PhD Candidate, Nursing, University of Sydney Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Helen Stasa Research Associate, University of Sydney Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Jennifer Fraser Associate Professor, University of Sydney Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Background Few valid and reliable measures of professional self-efficacy and its influence on reporting child abuse and neglect (CAN) are available.
Aim To test the psychometric properties of the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Self-Efficacy (CANRSE) (English) questionnaire.
Discussion The Psychometric Grading Framework graded the strength of the psychometric properties of CANRSE (English) as ‘good’. CANRSE can be measured using this tool, having been tested with a cohort of Australian health professionals. CANRSE can be used in Australian healthcare settings and will benefit health disciplines by examining the influence of self-efficacy on CAN reporting in clinical practice and research.
Conclusion The psychometric properties of CANRSE (English) provide evidence to support the assertion that it is a reliable instrument to measure self-efficacy in reporting CAN cases.
Implications for practice The validity and reliability of CANRSE (English) have been established. Future research should focus on larger studies testing a shorter version of the tool.
Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2020.e1677Peer review
This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated softwareCorrespondence
Colgrave J, Stasa H, Fraser J (2020) Validity and reliability of the psychometric properties of a child abuse questionnaire. Nurse Researcher. doi: 10.7748/nr.2020.e1677
Acknowledgement The authors wish to thank Northern NSW and Mid North Coast NSW local health districts for their support with this research. They also wish to thank the clinicians who completed the research questionnaire as well as the clinical nurse specialist, academics, ethics committee, and child abuse and neglect expert for their feedback and critique of CANRSE (English)
Published online: 13 February 2020