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Message ID: 9415
Date: 2013-04-30

Author:Carl Hanson

Subject:Re: parenting measures

This issue, I believe, lies at the heart of child welfare. We have guidelines for what constitutes insufficient parenting, namely how each jurisdiction defines its criteria for investigating CAN reports and for opening cases. We do not, as far as I am aware, have positive guidelines. I have seen a few attempts at defining minimum criteria for sufficient parenting, but have not seen any assessment tool that will determine whether in any particular case the parent(s) are/can/will provide sufficient parenting. --- On Mon, 4/29/13, Bruce Borkosky wrote: The problem, Glenn, is that there are so many aspects / variables that incorporate 'good parenting' as well as 'bad parenting' and even 'barely adequate parenting'. You might as well ask for a measure of 'living', it's so broad. Then there's the problem of definition (good, bad, adequate, etc), the base rate problem and the severity of infractions. Such a judgment can barely be done by a full assessment, and, many times, not even then BB On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM, Glenn Higgins wrote: Can someone suggest a well established measure of parenting? We would like to use one prior to reunification to assess the ability of the biological parent to take care of the children. Would the PSI (parenting stress index) be appropriate for out of home cases? GH

This issue, I believe, lies at the heart of child welfare. We have guidelines for what constitutes insufficient parenting, namely how each jurisdiction defines its criteria for investigating CAN reports and for opening cases. We do not, as far as I am aware, have positive guidelines. I have seen a few attempts at defining minimum criteria for sufficient parenting, but have not seen any assessment tool that will determine whether in any particular case the parent(s) are/can/will provide sufficient parenting. --- On Mon, 4/29/13, Bruce Borkosky wrote: The problem, Glenn, is that there are so many aspects / variables that incorporate 'good parenting' as well as 'bad parenting' and even 'barely adequate parenting'. You might as well ask for a measure of 'living', it's so broad. Then there's the problem of definition (good, bad, adequate, etc), the base rate problem and the severity of infractions. Such a judgment can barely be done by a full assessment, and, many times, not even then BB On Fri, Apr 26, 2013 at 12:21 PM, Glenn Higgins wrote: Can someone suggest a well established measure of parenting? We would like to use one prior to reunification to assess the ability of the biological parent to take care of the children. Would the PSI (parenting stress index) be appropriate for out of home cases? GH