Measuring Community and Service Provider Attitudes to Child Sexual Abuse in Remote Indigenous Communities in Western Australia

Cate Bailey, Glenn Mace, Martine Powell

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This study aimed to evaluate a scale to measure attitudes to child sexual abuse (CSA) in remote Australian Indigenous communities. The scale was developed to gauge attitudes that may be inhibiting the reporting of cases of CSA to police, as well as to evaluate whether interventions that focused on collaborative relationships between community members and police resulted in changes in attitudes. Participants included service providers living outside the community (58%), community members (living within the community; 9%), and service providers who were also community members (33%); 18% of participants identified as Indigenous. Principal components analysis revealed a nonintuitive six-factor solution that did not support the original four concepts. Four intuitive factors emerged from an abridged version of the scale: entrenched issues, personal understanding and knowledge, communication between community and government, and community action. The scale detected significant differences between community status and between Indigenous status groups on some factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-445
Number of pages11
JournalPsychiatry, Psychology and Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • attitudinal measure
  • child sexual abuse
  • Indigenous
  • intervention
  • remote communities

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