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Message ID: 9428
Date: 2013-04-30

Author:Rose Wentz

Subject:RE: parenting measures

An additional challenge to any measurements is that social workers cannot apply ALL parenting standards to every family. The social worker is only allowed, by law, to require the parent to improve the parenting skills related to what the judge has found to be the maltreatment. A common example is a parent who has neglected their child through lack of supervision. On visits the social worker asks the parent to bring in a healthy snack. Food or eating are not the maltreatment or risk factor. The parent brings in a fast food meal and the social worker says that is not a healthy snack and thereby questions whether the parent is meeting parenting standards. Even when food is part of the maltreatment the measurement would have to define minimum healthy food that are culturally relevant. The temptation I see in the field is that any list of parenting measurements is used in its entirety for every family and general measurements such as providing adequate food are often applied at a standard much higher than minimum. This is not to say we should not try to develop the measurements but to be clear on what type of measurements need to be developed. Rose Wentz 206 579-8615 Rose@WentzTraining.com www.wentztraining.com From: bounce-86588537-33319314@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-86588537-33319314@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

An additional challenge to any measurements is that social workers cannot apply ALL parenting standards to every family. The social worker is only allowed, by law, to require the parent to improve the parenting skills related to what the judge has found to be the maltreatment. A common example is a parent who has neglected their child through lack of supervision. On visits the social worker asks the parent to bring in a healthy snack. Food or eating are not the maltreatment or risk factor. The parent brings in a fast food meal and the social worker says that is not a healthy snack and thereby questions whether the parent is meeting parenting standards. Even when food is part of the maltreatment the measurement would have to define minimum healthy food that are culturally relevant. The temptation I see in the field is that any list of parenting measurements is used in its entirety for every family and general measurements such as providing adequate food are often applied at a standard much higher than minimum. This is not to say we should not try to develop the measurements but to be clear on what type of measurements need to be developed. Rose Wentz 206 579-8615 RoseWentzTraining.com www.wentztraining.com From: bounce-86588537-33319314list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-86588537-33319314list.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