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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

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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