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CORE: the core issues surrounding its psychometric properties: a quantitative analysis of its use in an Irish population of childhood abuse victims

Gary Byrne (Daughters Of Charity Service, Ireland)
Sean Hammond (Department Of Applied Psychology, University College, Cork, Ireland)
Philip Moore (Adult Counselling Service, Cork, Ireland)

The British Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 1463-6646

Article publication date: 28 April 2010

Abstract

With the increased need for quantitative measures of accountability and effectiveness in the therapeutic setting, standardised outcome measures have come to the fore. This study aimed to assess the psychometric quality of the Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation (CORE‐OM) used with an Irish population of adult victims of childhood abuse. The study indicated that the outcome measure was a useful tool in a forensic therapeutic setting, despite issues regarding the CORE's factor structure. The study also found that the service assessed matched the benchmarks laid down by the CORE systems group regarding levels of change brought about by therapeutic interventions, further indicating the benefits of CORE. The study discusses these issues and possible recommendations for aiding better integration of CORE's findings within therapy and broader clinical practice.

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Byrne, G., Hammond, S. and Moore, P. (2010), "CORE: the core issues surrounding its psychometric properties: a quantitative analysis of its use in an Irish population of childhood abuse victims", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 32-42. https://doi.org/10.5042/bjfp.2010.0184

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