Further analysis of the discriminate validity of the parenting scale

Kurt A. Freeman, Wendy DeCourcey

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The psychometric properties of the Parenting Scale (PS), a measure employed to identify use of dysfunctional strategies for managing child misbehavior, were examined. Parents of 75 children ages 2 to 12 (45 in the clinic-referred and 30 in the community sample group) completed the PS and a measure of child misbehavior. Mean scores were significantly higher for parents in the clinic-referred group on the PS Total, Laxness, and Overreactivity scales. However, there were no between-group differences in the number of parents who scored at or above a cutoff score designed to identify "clinical significance" on any PS scale. Reported parenting strategies were associated with reported child misbehavior regardless of group status; associations were not stronger depending on referral status. Results support the ability of the PS to discriminate between referred and community sample families. However, the PS scales were not precise in identifying clinically significant variations in parenting practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-176
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007


  • Childhood conduct problems
  • Parenting skills
  • Psychometric properties
  • Validity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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