Original Articles

The Cross-Cultural Validity of the Child Sexual Abuse Myth Scale: A Preliminary Investigation

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 19, issue 1, 2009 , pages: 9–17
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2009.10820253
Author(s): Steven J. CollingsUniversity of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Lotten LindblomVäxjö University, Sweden, Sylvester N. MaduUniversity of Limpopo, South Africa, Myung Sook ParkSangji University, Korea


The cross-cultural validity of the Child Sexual Abuse Myth Scale was examined in samples of adolescents and young adults drawn from three countries: South Africa (n = 200), Korea (n = 200), and Sweden (n = 200). Participants completed the 15-item Child Sexual Abuse Myth Scale (CSAMS). For each country data were analyzed using principal-axis factor analyses with varimax rotation. Responses on the CSAMS obtained for the original South African validation sample were replicated in the Swedish and Korean samples. A psychologically meaningful three-factor structure was observed. However, CSAMS scores exhibited differences in the moderating effects of education.

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