Reliability and factor structure of the psychological maltreatment and neglect scales of the computer assisted maltreatment inventory (CAMI)

Cindy L. Nash, Sarah A. Hayes-Skelton, David Dilillo

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Abstract

The primary objective of this study was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Psychological Maltreatment (PM) and Neglect subscales of the Computer Assisted Maltreatment Inventory (CAMI; DiLillo et al., 2010). The CAMI is a retrospective self-report measure that assesses multiple forms of child maltreatment (i.e., sexual, physical, psychological, neglect, exposure to interparental violence) retrospectively from adults. The CAMI's PM and Neglect subscales were administered to a geographically diverse sample of 400 college students and a sample of 412 newlyweds. Exploratory factor analyses were conducted for each group separately by subscale. Represented in the PM factor structures were items that depict emotional responsiveness, terrorizing/ spurning, demanding/rigid, corrupting, and isolating parental behaviors. The Neglect scale included items depicting basic needs, cleanliness, abandonment, monitoring and medical neglect factors. Revised versions of the CAMI PM and Neglect subscales based on the factor analysis are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-607
Number of pages25
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2012

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Child maltreatment
  • Emotional abuse
  • Emotional neglect
  • Psychological aggression
  • Psychological distress
  • Psychometric properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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