PICTURE-CARD VERSION FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Copyright 2000 by Carolyn Mebert and Murray A. Straus
The CTS has been used in a number of studies to measure physical and psychological maltreatment of children (see paper CTS17 on this website). The standard version (called the CTSPC) is designed for parents as the respondent. There is also a child-report/adult-recall version (Paper CTS24 ). However, from about age 10 and younger, an increasingly large percent of children have difficulty responding, especially if they are part of a population with cognitive limitations. We therefore developed the picture-card version for children which is on the following pages. This version is:
· For children age 6 to 9
· Presents items in the form of pictures depicting acts of maltreatment, accompanied by a verbal statement such as “This child’s father punches him.”
· Provides scores for less and more severe physical and psychological maltreatment, and also parents’ use of non-violent discipline strategies.
· 22 items. Testing time about 15 minutes.
METHOD OF ADMINISTRATION. As each card is shown, the examiner reads a description such as “This girl’s father shook her when she did something wrong” The child is asked if they are like the child in the picture. If the response is yes, a second card is presented. The card shows the response categories in the form of stacked circles that the child can point to. The examiner reads the response category labels corresponding to each stack (Never, Once, A few times, Many Times, Every Time) and asks the child to point to the stack.