Correlations between the Child Abuse Potential Inventory and the MMPI-2-RF in a sample of court-referred parents

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Brittni Valen Morgan (Creator)
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David McCord

Abstract: This thesis examined the relationship between scores on the Child Abuse Potential Inventory and scores on MMPI-2-RF Scales in a clinical setting. The issue of child abuse, whether that is verbal abuse, emotional abuse, or physical abuse, has been the focus of a significant amount of research in the past. Research shows that there are specific risk factors that could increase the chances that a parent or caregiver will be an abuser. Many tests have sought to measure the potential risk of physical child abuse, with the most prominently used being the Child Abuse Potential Inventory (CAP). The CAP provides an accurate prediction of predispositions to child abuse in the potential abuser. As recently as 1993, new developments in the area of personality inventory were reached with the MMPI-2-RF. The sample included parents and caregivers who were referred for evaluation to the Psychological and Counseling Center of Cartersville, GA and had their children removed from the home by the Georgia Department of Family and Children Services (DFACS). Scores on the MMPI-2-RF Scales were compared to scores on the CAP overall Abuse scale, psychological difficulties subscales, and interactional problems subscales. The MMPI-2-RF Higher-Order scale of Emotional Internalizing Dysfunction (EID) proved to be a significant predictor of potential physical child abuse as measured by the overall CAP Abuse scale. Results show significant correlations with scores on the CAP Abuse Scale and many of the higher order classifications, the restructured clincal scales, the specific problems scales, and the personality psychopathology five scales of the MMPI-2-RF, primarily those related to emotional distress and internalizing difficulties.

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Language: English
Date: 2012
Abuse, Child Abuse Potential Inventory, MMPI-2-RF, Personality
Child abuse -- Psychological aspects
Child Abuse Potential Inventory
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory

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