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This is one of a series of excerpts from older articles put online by John Ray as a public service. The articles concerned are in general otherwise available only by special request to a University or other major library.

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Journal of Clinical Psychology, 1985, 41 (6), 839-844.

Child abuse potential and authoritarianism



Robitaille, Joanne et al.

Western Carolina University

Examined the relationship between child abuse (as assessed by the Child Abuse Potential Inventory [CAP]) and authoritarianism (as assessed by a public opinion scale). The authors also attempted to provide convergent and discriminant validity for the CAP abuse factors Rigidity and Loneliness by correlating these factors with the Edwards Personal Preference Schedule (EPPS) variables of Order and Affiliation respectively. Ss were 150 undergraduates and 34 adult evening students (mean age 28.6 yrs). Results show a nonsignificant relationship between abuse scores and authoritarianism. In contrast, significant relationships were found between the CAP abuse factors Rigidity and authoritarianism. Additional analysis indicated significant inverse relationship between the EPPS variable Affiliation for the undergraduates only. Findings suggest that while potential child abusers and authoritarian personalities may appear to have many characteristics in common, the extent of the similarity may be limited because no overall relationship between abuse and authoritarianism emerged.





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