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Message ID: 9435
Date: 2013-04-30

Author:Aaron Robb, M.Ed., NCC, LPC-S

Subject:Re: parenting measures

Is there any chance KIPS is going to be submitted to the Mental Measurements Yearbook for additional outside review (I don't see it there now)? It would be great to see something like KIPS get strong support from a detailed review. At a glance, KIPS seems to have good inter-rater reliability, good test-retest, high correlation with caseworker ratings of parent engagement in services (possibly a proxy for parent interest in being a good parent, more than actual ability?), etc., even with the limitation to children under 6 (and I can't imagine a one-size-fits-all test that was also broadly targeted). The criteria for inclusion in California's evidence-based clearinghouse are a good start, and for an "A" rating 2 published peer-reviewed studies (especially by the instrument's authors[1]) is more than many measures receive, but that seems to be more a reflection of the sad state of social science research (outside replication, what's that?) as much as anything else. AR [1] I don't want to offend Dr. Comfort, but clearly a study by researchers not tied to the instrument would bolster the empirical base beyond studies by the creators (although that's obviously going to be where the first studies originate). -- Aaron Robb, M.Ed., NCC, LPC-S Forensic Counseling Services http://www.texascounseling.org Mailing Address: 2831 Eldorado Pkwy., Ste. 103-377, Frisco, TX 75033 Phone: 972-360-7437; Fax: 940-343-2601 “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” - Motto from the title page of An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania (1759) by Richard Jackson, published by Benjamin Franklin This e-mail and any attachments contain information from the office of Aaron Robb, LPC-S and are intended solely for the use of the named recipients. Any dissemination of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you believe you have received this e-mail in error, notify the sender immediately and permanently delete the e-mail, any attachments, and all copies thereof from any drives or storage media and destroy any printouts of the e-mails or attachments. From: marilee comfort To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 4:43 PM Subject: Re: parenting measures You might consider an observational parenting assessment, such as the Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale (KIPS) that we developed for family service providers and have validated with support from NICHD. It requires a short observation of parent-child play, which a number of programs are doing during supervised home visits. I agree that decisions about reunification require clinical observation and interview of the family. However, many find it helpful to use a systematic observation protocol, such as KIPS, which is highly rated on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse assessemnt list. You can find more information at http://comfortconsults.com/ and by writing me directly off listserv. Hope that's helpful, Marilee Marilee Comfort, PhD, MPH The KIPS People - Comfort Consults, LLC PO Box 82 Cheyney, PA 19319 Tel: 610-455-1463 marilee@comfortconsults.com http://comfortconsults.com/ KIPS . . . Nurturing Insights - Proving Outcomes Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale From: Lois Thiessen Love To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 9:57 AM Subject: Re: parenting measures A tool may be helpful for you to track some indicators over time, but assessing the parent's ability to parent and have the children return is a clinical judgment. I highly recommend that MSW experienced clinical social workers' judgments are the tool to use to assess parents. On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 8:33 AM, Jon Gould > wrote: There are no good measures of parenting in general available for clinical/forensic use. The PSI is psychometrically sound but its use is limited. See chapter by albidin, Austin, and Flens. The PCRI has more problems psychometrically. See review by Otto &Edens in 2 nd edition of evaluating competences by Grisso. Also check the buros reviews. I would suggest identifying specific questions that need investigation rather than using a more global notion such as good parenting. For example, good parenting for children raised in the inner cities is often characterized by more authoritarian parenting while such parenting for those living in less dangerous areas would be viewed as undesirable - with authoritative parenting being observed more often. Jon Sent from my iPhone On Apr 29, 2013, at 9:17 AM, DeanTong@aol.com wrote: Parent Child Relationship Inventory (PCRI). Dean Tong, MSc., Forensic Trial Expert 604 Brentwood Place Brandon, FL 33511 813.657.4930, Ph/Fax 813.417.5362, Cell DeanTong@aol.com http://www.abuse-excuse.com/ http://www.linkedin.com/in/deantong/ https://www.facebook.com/tongdean56 Contributing Writer to newswithviews.com and groundreport.com Disclaimer: Dean Tong is not an attorney. He is not licensed to give legal advice and nothing herein should be construed to be legal advice. If you need legal assistance please consult with an attorney in your area by checking here http://www.abanet.org/lawyerlocator/searchlawyer.html. This e-mail is strictly confidential pursuant to the Attorney/Work-Product Doctrine. In a message dated 4/29/2013 9:10:40 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, glennhiggins84@yahoo.com writes: 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 -- Lois Finding a new poet is like finding a new wildflower out in the woods. ~ Linda Pastan

Is there any chance KIPS is going to be submitted to the Mental Measurements Yearbook for additional outside review (I don't see it there now)? It would be great to see something like KIPS get strong support from a detailed review. At a glance, KIPS seems to have good inter-rater reliability, good test-retest, high correlation with caseworker ratings of parent engagement in services (possibly a proxy for parent interest in being a good parent, more than actual ability?), etc., even with the limitation to children under 6 (and I can't imagine a one-size-fits-all test that was also broadly targeted). The criteria for inclusion in California's evidence-based clearinghouse are a good start, and for an "A" rating 2 published peer-reviewed studies (especially by the instrument's authors[1]) is more than many measures receive, but that seems to be more a reflection of the sad state of social science research (outside replication, what's that?) as much as anything else. AR [1] I don't want to offend Dr. Comfort, but clearly a study by researchers not tied to the instrument would bolster the empirical base beyond studies by the creators (although that's obviously going to be where the first studies originate). -- Aaron Robb, M.Ed., NCC, LPC-S Forensic Counseling Services http://www.texascounseling.org Mailing Address: 2831 Eldorado Pkwy., Ste. 103-377, Frisco, TX 75033 Phone: 972-360-7437; Fax: 940-343-2601 “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” - Motto from the title page of An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania (1759) by Richard Jackson, published by Benjamin Franklin This e-mail and any attachments contain information from the office of Aaron Robb, LPC-S and are intended solely for the use of the named recipients. Any dissemination of this e-mail is strictly prohibited. If you believe you have received this e-mail in error, notify the sender immediately and permanently delete the e-mail, any attachments, and all copies thereof from any drives or storage media and destroy any printouts of the e-mails or attachments. From: marilee comfort To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 4:43 PM Subject: Re: parenting measures You might consider an observational parenting assessment, such as the Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale (KIPS) that we developed for family service providers and have validated with support from NICHD. It requires a short observation of parent-child play, which a number of programs are doing during supervised home visits. I agree that decisions about reunification require clinical observation and interview of the family. However, many find it helpful to use a systematic observation protocol, such as KIPS, which is highly rated on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse assessemnt list. You can find more information at http://comfortconsults.com/ and by writing me directly off listserv. Hope that's helpful, Marilee Marilee Comfort, PhD, MPH The KIPS People - Comfort Consults, LLC PO Box 82 Cheyney, PA 19319 Tel: 610-455-1463 marileecomfortconsults.com http://comfortconsults.com/ KIPS . . . Nurturing Insights - Proving Outcomes Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale From: Lois Thiessen Love To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 9:57 AM Subject: Re: parenting measures A tool may be helpful for you to track some indicators over time, but assessing the parent's ability to parent and have the children return is a clinical judgment. I highly recommend that MSW experienced clinical social workers' judgments are the tool to use to assess parents. On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 8:33 AM, Jon Gould > wrote: There are no good measures of parenting in general available for clinical/forensic use. The PSI is psychometrically sound but its use is limited. See chapter by albidin, Austin, and Flens. The PCRI has more problems psychometrically. See review by Otto &Edens in 2 nd edition of evaluating competences by Grisso. Also check the buros reviews. I would suggest identifying specific questions that need investigation rather than using a more global notion such as good parenting. For example, good parenting for children raised in the inner cities is often characterized by more authoritarian parenting while such parenting for those living in less dangerous areas would be viewed as undesirable - with authoritative parenting being observed more often. Jon Sent from my iPhone On Apr 29, 2013, at 9:17 AM, DeanTongaol.com wrote: Parent Child Relationship Inventory (PCRI). Dean Tong, MSc., Forensic Trial Expert 604 Brentwood Place Brandon, FL 33511 813.657.4930, Ph/Fax 813.417.5362, Cell DeanTongaol.com http://www.abuse-excuse.com/ http://www.linkedin.com/in/deantong/ https://www.facebook.com/tongdean56 Contributing Writer to newswithviews.com and groundreport.com Disclaimer: Dean Tong is not an attorney. He is not licensed to give legal advice and nothing herein should be construed to be legal advice. If you need legal assistance please consult with an attorney in your area by checking here http://www.abanet.org/lawyerlocator/searchlawyer.html. This e-mail is strictly confidential pursuant to the Attorney/Work-Product Doctrine. In a message dated 4/29/2013 9:10:40 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, glennhiggins84yahoo.com writes: 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 -- Lois Finding a new poet is like finding a new wildflower out in the woods. ~ Linda Pastan