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Trauma Resilience Scale for Children: Validation of protective factors associated with positive adaptation following violence
by Thompson, Machelle D. Madsen, Ph.D., The Florida State University, 2010, 219; 3458682
Abstract (Summary)

The Trauma Resilience Scale for Children (TRS-C) was created to be a developmentally appropriate, psychometrically valid, reliable and unbiased measure of the major protective factors associated with children’s resilience following violence. Extending pilot work with adults, this scale assesses children’s perceived presence of ten protective factors following child maltreatment including: physical abuse, sexual abuse, witnessing or experiencing intimate partner violence, and/or witnessing or experiencing a serious threat or injury to life. Empirical and theoretical literature guided subscale and item formulation. Mixed methods design was used for content validation and item refinement with adult trauma experts (n=9) and children in the foster care system (n=9). Refined items were subsequently tested on a larger sample within school and clinical settings (n=208) for scale reliability, validity, factor structure, and differences across demographic characteristics. The scale demonstrated psychometric properties that support its use with children in varied circumstances. The limitations and implications of the scale are discussed, including application within clinical and research settings.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Abell, J. Neil
School: The Florida State University
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 72/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Educational tests & measurements, Social work, Developmental psychology, Quantitative psychology
Keywords: Child abuse, Child maltreatment, Protective factors, Psychometric, Resilience, Trauma
Publication Number: 3458682
ISBN: 978-1-124-67644-9
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