Modified Parenting Scale

The Modified Parenting Scale is a shortened version of the Parenting Scale developed by Arnold, O'Leary, Wolff, & Acker (1993).

The 2007 study by Prinzie, Onghena, and Hellinckx revealed two dimensions, which are overreactivity and laxness.

The reliability data were reported as acceptable to good in this sample of more than 1000 parents. There is some evidence of predictive validity. Inadequate parenting was positively related to problem behavior on the Child Behavior Checklist (Achenbach- See ASEBA for details) and stress as measured by the Parenting Stress Index (Dutch version; See Doll 1989 for a review).

The full version can be found on PsycTESTS. There are 20 items, which are rated on 7-point Likert scales.

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Item Examples

Laxness items

16 When my child does something I don’t like . . . I do something about it every time it happens – I
often let it go.

12 When I want my child to stop doing something . . . I firmly tell my child to stop – I coax or beg my child
to stop

Overreactivity items

3 When I’m upset or under stress . . . I am no more picky than usual – I am picky and on my
child’s back.

9 When my child misbehaves . . . I keep my talks short and to the point – I give my
child a long lecture.

Learn more about parenting in Discipline with Respect on AMAZON


Prinzie, P., Onghena, P., & Hellinckx, W. (2007). Reexamining the Parenting Scale: Reliability, factor structure, and concurrent validity of a scale for assessing the discipline practices of mothers and fathers of elementary-school-aged children. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 23(1), 24-31. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759.23.1.24.

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