Cultural sensitivity in screening adults for a history of childhood abuse: Evidence from a community sample

Brett D. Thombs, Wendy Bennett, Roy Ziegelstein, David P. Bernstein, Christine D. Scher, David R. Forde

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BACKGROUND: A number of practice guidelines and recommendations call for the assessment of childhood abuse history among adult medical patients. The cultural sensitivity of screening questions, however, has not been examined. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether questions that inquire about childhood abuse history function differently for black and white patients. DESIGN: Cross-sectional telephone surveys in 1997 and 2003. SUBJECTS: Randomly sampled adults from Memphis, Tenn (1997, N=832; 2003, N=967). MEASUREMENTS: Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse scales of the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire-Short Form (CTQ-SF). Standardized mean difference technique for differential item functioning to assess for possible bias in CTQ-SF items. RESULTS: Controlling for total physical abuse scale scores, black respondents were significantly (P

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-373
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of General Internal Medicine
Volume22
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2007

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Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Childhood abuse
  • Childhood Trauma Questionnaire-Short Form

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  • Internal Medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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Cultural sensitivity in screening adults for a history of childhood abuse : Evidence from a community sample. / Thombs, Brett D.; Bennett, Wendy; Ziegelstein, Roy; Bernstein, David P.; Scher, Christine D.; Forde, David R.

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Thombs, Brett D. ; Bennett, Wendy ; Ziegelstein, Roy ; Bernstein, David P. ; Scher, Christine D. ; Forde, David R. / Cultural sensitivity in screening adults for a history of childhood abuse : Evidence from a community sample. In: Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2007 ; Vol. 22, No. 3. pp. 368-373.
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