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Message ID: 9416
Date: 2013-04-30

Author:Sandra Azar

Subject:RE: parenting measures

I agree with all that has been said … but we need to roll up our sleeves and come up with a valid battery that would provide some dimensions of parenting that link to the specific types of questions that appear in the child protection system. There ought to be funding to work on developing such a battery. There are some good candidates for elements such as home hygiene assessment instruments, supervision attitudes, home safety knowledge and skills, observational protocols, etc. and we know some major risk elements - -substance abuse and mental health problems. There are also cognitive processing problems that interfere with the smooth operation of home life and parenting and transactions that support parenting (with other adults). These would need to be normed with the samples matching the demographics of CPS cases and should not only differentiate those who have substantiated cases but also the course of their involvement with CPS (recidivism). It would not be a simple one measure assessment and there lies the difficulty – the cost of completing such capacity assessments. Short of funding measurement research -- it might take a collaborative effort across a number of cps agencies across the country to try to implement measures and examine their predictive validity. Sandra Azar Professor Psychology Dept. Pennsylvania State University From: bounce-86588537-6833833@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-86588537-6833833@list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Carl Hanson Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 6:09 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers 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

I agree with all that has been said … but we need to roll up our sleeves and come up with a valid battery that would provide some dimensions of parenting that link to the specific types of questions that appear in the child protection system. There ought to be funding to work on developing such a battery. There are some good candidates for elements such as home hygiene assessment instruments, supervision attitudes, home safety knowledge and skills, observational protocols, etc. and we know some major risk elements - -substance abuse and mental health problems. There are also cognitive processing problems that interfere with the smooth operation of home life and parenting and transactions that support parenting (with other adults). These would need to be normed with the samples matching the demographics of CPS cases and should not only differentiate those who have substantiated cases but also the course of their involvement with CPS (recidivism). It would not be a simple one measure assessment and there lies the difficulty – the cost of completing such capacity assessments. Short of funding measurement research -- it might take a collaborative effort across a number of cps agencies across the country to try to implement measures and examine their predictive validity. Sandra Azar Professor Psychology Dept. Pennsylvania State University From: bounce-86588537-6833833list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-86588537-6833833list.cornell.edu] On Behalf Of Carl Hanson Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 6:09 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers 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