Journal article

Systematic review and critical appraisal of child abuse measurement instruments

Suriati Mohamed Saini, Cassandra R Hoffmann, Christos Pantelis, Ian P Everall, Chad A Bousman



Child abuse is a major public health concern and a strong predictor of adult psychopathology. However, a consensus on how best to measure child abuse is not evident. This review aimed to critically appraise the methodological quality and measurement properties of published child abuse measures, examined the strength of evidence of these instruments for research use using the COnsensus-based Standards for the selection of health Measurement InstrumeNts (COSMIN) checklist and determined which measures were capable of providing information on the developmental timing of abuse. Systematic search of electronic databases identified 52 eligible instruments from 2095 studies. Only 15% (n = 8) of the..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

None of the funding sources played any role in the study design, analysis or interpretation of data, in the writing of the report, or in the decision to submit the paper for publication. SMS was supported by a Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia Scholarship and the National University of Malaysia. CP was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Senior Principal Research Fellowship (ID: 1105825), and a Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD) Distinguished Investigator Award. CAB was supported by the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Foundation and the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine.