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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Counseling and Human Development

First Advisor

Jon C. Marshall


It was hypothesized that personality test items can be determined that successfully identify sexually abused children. An 85-item personality type questionnaire was devised. It was administered to 170 normal fourth through sixth grade school children in 3 schools from 2 school districts, and to 15 children known to be sexually abused. These questionnaires were analyzed by factor analysis resulting in seven scales and two composite factors. Criterion-related validity was examined by testing group differences using repeated measures analysis of variance and t-tests. It was found that four scales and one composite factor were significantly useful in identifying victims of sexual abuse.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Sexually abused children -- Identification
Psychological tests for children
Child sexual abuse



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