The child vulnerability scale: An instrument to measure parental perceptions of child vulnerability

Brian W.C. Forsyth, Sarah Mc Cue Horwitz, John M. Leventhal, Joanne Burger, Philip J. Leaf

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Abstract

Developed and validated an instrument for identifying children perceived as vulnerable. Mothers of 1,095 children, aged 4-8 years, completed interviews that included the original 12-item Child Vulnerability Scale. Eight items that correlated best with each of two major variables that contribute to vulnerability were retained in the revised scale and a cutoff score was identified for children perceived as vulnerable. The internal consistency of the revised scale was good. Using the revised scale, 10.1% of children were identified as perceived vulnerable. Children categorized as perceived vulnerable had a significant increase in behavior problems and acute medical visits. The revised Child Vulnerability Scale should be useful in providing a better understanding of the causes and effects of an important factor in child development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-101
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of pediatric psychology
Volume21
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 20 1996

Keywords

  • behavior
  • development
  • instrument
  • vulnerable child

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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