Other Tests and Professional Materials

Early Childhood Parenting Skills Program - ECPS

The ECPS program is a parent training program which focuses on parenting skills and child development issues from birth through age 8. The program is designed to be used by individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and does not require advanced traini ng. The program manual provides the parent educator with background on the skills to be taught and is written in a play format to facilitate the process of conducting each session.

The 19 individual class sessions involve clusters of 1 to 4 lessons which can be organized and tailored to meet the training needs of a wide range of parents. The program includes a parent workbook designed to supplement the class sessions and guide the practice of skills at home. Some of the skills taught include:

The ECPS program can be ordered from:

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Parenting Alliance Measure - PAM

The PAM was designed to assess that part of the marital relationship which relates to the care and parenting of children. The parenting alliance is related to the quality of parenting behavior and to the child's psychosocial adjustment. The parenting al liance is a special relationship which exists in married and divorced couples, in same-sex parenting partners, and in parent/grandparent families. The 20-item self-report questionnaire is designed to be completed by either one parent or both and provides an assessment of the parent's perspective of how cooperative, communicative, and mutually respectful they are.

Related research:
Konold, T. & Abidin, R.R. (2001). Parenting Alliance: A multifactor perspective. Assessment 8(1), 47-65.

Bearss, K.E. & Eyberg, S.E. (1998). A test of the parenting alliance theory. Early Education and Development, 9(2), 179-185.

Abidin, R.R. & Brunner, J.F. (1995). Development of a parenting alliance inventory. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 24(1), 31-40.

The PAM can be ordered from:

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Stress Index for Parents of Adolescents - SIPA

The SIPA represents an upward developmental adjustment of the Parenting Stress Index (PSI) design for use with parents of children ages 11 to 19. The SIPA is a 90-item self-report questionnaire which is structurally similar to the PSI in that it has an Adolescent Domain, a Parent Domain, an Adolescent-Prent Relationship Domain, and an optional additional 19-item life stress scale. The SIPA assesses stress associated with the following:

Adolescent DomainParent Domain
Moodiness/Emotional LabilityLife Restrictions
Social Isolation/WithdrawalRelationship with Spouse/Partner
Delinquency/AntisocialSocial Alienation
Failure to Achieve/PersevereIncompetence/Guilt
Parent and Adolescent Relationship Domain

The SIPA is designed to identify parent/adolescent systems at-risk for dysfunctional parenting and problematic child adjustment.

The SIPA can be ordered from:

Psychological Assessment Resources

Index of Teaching Stress - ITS (To be published Sprin 2004)

The ITS is a 90-item self-report questionnaire designed to assess the level of teacher distress in relation to a specific child in his or her class. The ITS is unique among all measures of teacher stress and occupational burn-out in that it focuses on th e teacher's perceptions and transactions in relation to a given child. The ITS quantifies the impact of the presence of that child on the teacher's instruction and the teacher's perception of himself or herself.

The ITS is particularly useful to individuals who approach student assessment from a systems perspective and recognize that the student-teacher relationship and compatibility is an important component of the classroom context. The ITS is also useful to a ssess interventions designed to alter student and/or teacher behaviors and perceptions.

The research completed on the ITS to date has demonstrated that the ITS scores are significantly associated with: teacher's physical and mental health, observed teaching behaviors in relation to the target child, teacher judgments of a child's adjustment, and observed child behaviors.

ITS Reference List

Abidin, R.R. & Robinson, L.L. (2002). Stress, biases or professionalism: What drives teachers' referral judgments of students with challenging behaviors? Journal of Emotional & Behavioral Disorders. 10 (4), 204-212.

Barbaresi, William J; Olsen, Richard D. <1998). An ADHD educational intervention for elementary school teachers: A pilot study. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics. 19 (2), 94-100.

Boesen, L.L. (1998). Teacher stress and teacher-student relationships as predictors of tacher behavior Behavior. Disseratation Abstracts International, 58 (07), 3964B. (UMI No.9738867)

Greene, R.W., Abidin, R.R., Kmetz, C., (1997). The Index of Teaching Stress: A measure of student-teacher compatibility. Journal of School Psychology, 35 (3), 239-259.)

Johnson, C.S. (200O).Teaching stress and student characteristics as predictors of teacher behavior. Dissertation Abstracts International, 61 (06), 2185 (UMI No. 9975456)

The ITS can be ordered from:

Psychological Assessment Research

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