Child abuse potential inventory

Published26th September 2014

This is a screening tool for detection of physical child abuse. It is given to the parent/carer who is suspected of child abuse. there are six factor scales: Distress, Rigidity, Unhappiness, Problems With Child and Self, Problems With Family, and Problems With Others.

Respondents agree or disagree with each of 160 items.


A manual is available that includes information about administration, scoring, and interpretation procedures; an Interpretive Manual for the Child Abuse Potential Inventory provides additional information for interpretation of the CAPI, including applications, limitations, scale descriptions, and references

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