Positive Home Integration Scale (PHIS) (Foster Homes)

Scale name: Positive Home Integration Scale (PHIS)

Scale overview

The PHIS is a 9-item Likert-type rating scale.

“This article introduces a youth-reported measure (Essential Youth Experiences [EYE]) developed to assess the experiences of foster youth in their home environment and their critical relationships across a number of service systems.” (From the Abstract)

Author(s) Kothari, Brianne H., McBeath, Bowen, Bank, Lew, Sorenson, Paul, Waid, Jeff, & Webb, Sara Jade. (2018

Items = 9

Response Type

Ratings from 1 to 10 with two anchors (they vary with the item) and a midrange label (somewhat).


None identified in the PsycTESTS source.

Sample item

To what extent do you feel that you are treated with kindness in your (foster) home?

 Reliability & Validity

See the article reference for psychometric properties.


The full set of 9 items with the 10-point descriptive labels can be found in the PsycTESTS reference below.

 Permissions -- if identified

Test content may be reproduced and used for non-commercial research and educational purposes without seeking written permission. Distribution must be controlled, meaning only to the participants engaged in the research or enrolled in the educational activity. Any other type of reproduction or distribution of test content is not authorized without written permission from the author and publisher. Always include a credit line that contains the source citation and copyright owner when writing about or using any test.”

 SCOPES domain = Social/relationships


 Kothari, B. H., McBeath, B., Bank, L., Sorenson, P., Waid, J., & Webb, S. J. (2018). Positive Home Integration Scale [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/t76186-000

 Kothari, Brianne H., McBeath, Bowen, Bank, Lew, Sorenson, Paul, Waid, Jeff, & Webb, Sara Jade. (2018). Validation of a measure of foster home integration for foster youth. Research on Social Work Practice, 28(6), 751-761. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1049731516675033

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