Journal Article


Jonathan Egan
Margaret Daly
Megan White
Kevin Tierney
Edel Flanagan
Mark Fitzpatrick
Barbara Dooley
Mark Shevlin
Alan Carr
Roisín Flanagan-Howard



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Development and initial validation of the institutional child abuse processes and coping inventory among a sample of Irish adult survivors of institutional abuse. (2007)

Abstract To develop a psychometric instrument to evaluate psychological processes associated with institutional abuse and coping strategies used to deal with such abuse. As part of a comprehensive assessment protocol, an inventory containing theoretically derived multi-item rational scales which assessed institutional abuse-related psychological processes and coping strategies were administered to 247 Irish adult survivors of institutional child abuse. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses were used to derive 6-factor scales, the reliability and validity of which were assessed. Factor scales to assess the following constructs were developed (1) traumatization, (2) re-enactment, (3) spiritual disengagement, (4) positive coping, (5) coping by complying, and (6) avoidant coping. There were varying degrees of support for the validity of the scales with most support for the traumatization and re-enactment scales. The Institutional Child Abuse Processes and Coping Inventory (ICAPCI), particularly its traumatization and re-enactment scales, may be used in future research on adult survivors of institutional child abuse because they are currently the only scales that have been developed with this population to provide reliable and valid assessments of these constructs. The ICAPCI may be used, cautiously, to assess adult survivors of institutional child abuse.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Jonathan Egan, Margaret Daly, Megan White, Kevin Tierney, Edel Flanagan, Mark Fitzpatrick, Barbara Dooley, Mark Shevlin, Alan Carr, Roisín Flanagan-Howard

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Barbara A. Dooley
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 55
Mark Shevlin
National College of Ireland
Total Publications: 125
Alan Carr
University College Dublin
Total Publications: 228