Validation of the Child Abuse Potential Inventory in Italy: A preliminary study

Sarah Miragoli, Elena Camisasca, Paola Di Blasio

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The aim of this study was to provide preliminary findings on the reliability and the validity of the Italian Child Abuse Potential (CAP) Inventory, a screening tool that measures parents’ potential for child physical abuse. The CAP Inventory and measures on parenting stress (PSI-SF) and parents’ perceptions of child adjustment (CBCL) were administered in a nonclinical sample of Italian parents (N = 551) with a 2-to-6-year-old child. The Abuse scale showed adequate internal consistency (α = .87), with significantly negative correlations between socio-economic status and educational level of the parents. Also, the Abuse scale scores were significantly predicted by high levels of parenting stress and by parental negative perceptions of the child’s behavior. Finally, using a cut-score for the English version of the Abuse scale (where 95% of parents would be expected to be classified), 93.8% of Italian parents were classified as nonabusive by the Abuse scale. These results supported the cross-cultural generalizability of the Abuse scale. However, complementary studies with abusive samples are needed in order to verify the ability of the instrument to discriminate between abusive and non-abusive parents also in the Italian population.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1-11
Numero di pagine11
RivistaSAGE Open
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2015


  • CAP Inventory
  • Child maltreatment
  • Maltrattamento fisico
  • Maltrattamento infantile
  • Parenting
  • Physical abuse
  • Risk assessment
  • Valutazione del rischio


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