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Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 151–162 | Cite as

An ego-strength scale for the Child Abuse Potential Inventory

  • Joel S. Milner
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Abstract

A series of investigations were conducted to develop an ego-strength scale from items in the Child Abuse Potential Inventory. Using a two-dimensional model of ego-strength, face valid items were selected. After an initial screening of face valid items using Barron's ego-strength scale, a multiple criterion item validation process was conducted using factors from the 16PF questionnaire. This procedure produced a 40-item ego-strength scale where all items had significant item-total correlations. Internal consistency and temporal stability of the ego-strength scale were found to be adequate. Factor analyses suggested the ego-strength scale is unitary, measuring emotional stability in relationships. Moderator variable effects were found to be modest. Most important, ego-strength scale data collected from nurturing parents, general population parents, at-risk parents, and groups engaging in various forms of family violence yielded scores that discriminate between groups in a predictable manner.

Key words

ego-strength self-esteem child abuse screening 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joel S. Milner
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalb

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