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Message ID: 9625
Date: 2014-04-10

Author:Aaron Robb, Ph.D.

Subject:Re: looking for valid measures of parent-child relationship quality and attachment

Let's not mince words: the Bricklin scales are terrible as actual test instruments. To quote from MMYB Vol 11 "The matter of reliability is dismissed by the BPS manual with the statement that there is no reason to expect stability of measurement because responses might be expected to vary with changes in children's perceptions of their parents." When we *start* with dismissing reliability I think we're throwing in the towel as a psychometric instrument. Not enough? Here's some more from the companion review in the same issue: "The Scales rest on too many assumptions, the most egregious of which is that children who stick a stylus into a long black line have unconsciously chosen the spot on the line which reveals their unconscious attitudes. " "The Scales really have no more than face validity. Numbers tested are small and the external criteria are shaky..." "The instructions for administering and scoring the Scales are obfuscating, wordy, and somewhat prone to error." -- Aaron Robb, Ph.D. 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 “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.” – Ronald Reagan, 1/28/1986, speaking about the loss of the space shuttle Challenger and her crew This e-mail and any attachments contain information from the office of Aaron Robb, Ph.D. 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: Dan Taube To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Sent: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 6:38 PM Subject: Re: looking for valid measures of parent-child relationship quality and attachment I would not recommend the Bricklin Scales: they have not been adequately validated. See Mental Measurements Year Book for a review. Best, Dan D. Taube ________________________________ From: Nadia Sexton > Sender: > Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:33:31 +0000 To: Child Maltreatment Researchers > ReplyTo: Child Maltreatment Researchers > Subject: RE: looking for valid measures of parent-child relationship quality and attachment As an “expert witness” for child welfare many years ago now, I used the Bricklen Perception Scales. https://www.tjta.com/products/TST_005.htm They are rather clunky to use and interpret. They are only valid beginning at age 6 however. Perhaps they can be useful in some way to you. I’m enjoying this thread especially – I hope there are current and appropriate measures out there! Nadia Sexton, Ph.D. Casey Family Programs Knowledge Management * Director 201.565.7676 From: bounce-114252065-25395149@list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-114252065-25395149@list.cornell.edu ] On Behalf Of Michael Durfee Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 3:44 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Re: looking for valid measures of parent-child relationship quality and attachment I don’t know hard codes except for NCAST. I have found it useful to have people comment on their own video. That might do poorly in court but it does also give them a chance to learn ow to be physically more effective with a baby or young toddler. An additional advantage for me has been the excuse for me to buy and upgrade camcorders. Michael Michael Durfee MD ICAN NCFR On Apr 9, 2014, at 12:11 PM, Bruce Borkosky >> wrote: what about the parent-child relationship inventory? BB On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM, Sarah Dauber >> wrote: Hello, I am looking for standardized, validated measures of parent-child relationship quality to be used in a research study evaluating a therapeutic supervised visitation program for child welfare involved families. We are looking to evaluate the program for children ages 5-10 (approximately) so I need to find measures that are valid for that age group. I would like to assess parent-child attachment and/or quality of parenting/parent-child interaction. I’m looking for observational coding systems that can be used to code a structured interaction task between parent and child and also either self-report or observational measures of quality of attachment bond between parent and child. We are evaluating the relationship between and child and a non-custodial parent so the measure would need to be valid in a case where the child and parent don’t live together and don’t see each other very often. Any suggestions would be most appreciated! Thank you. Sarah Dauber, Ph.D. Director of Research and Evaluation The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children 161 William Street-9th Floor New York, NY 10038 Tel: (212) 233-5500 ext. 224 Fax: (212) 791-5227 Email: sdauber@nyspcc.org > -- Bruce G. Borkosky, Psy.D. PA 1800 Lakeview Drive Sebring, FL 33870 863-386-0276 800-919-9008 Fax 813-200-8450 ForensicPsychologist@outlook.com > www.fl-forensic.com forensic psych search engine: https://www.google.com/cse/publicurl?cx=012799325615104828548:1lmt-wjw6q4 This communication is confidential and privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please communicate the error immediately, and delete all copies.

Let's not mince words: the Bricklin scales are terrible as actual test instruments. To quote from MMYB Vol 11 "The matter of reliability is dismissed by the BPS manual with the statement that there is no reason to expect stability of measurement because responses might be expected to vary with changes in children's perceptions of their parents." When we *start* with dismissing reliability I think we're throwing in the towel as a psychometric instrument. Not enough? Here's some more from the companion review in the same issue: "The Scales rest on too many assumptions, the most egregious of which is that children who stick a stylus into a long black line have unconsciously chosen the spot on the line which reveals their unconscious attitudes. " "The Scales really have no more than face validity. Numbers tested are small and the external criteria are shaky..." "The instructions for administering and scoring the Scales are obfuscating, wordy, and somewhat prone to error." -- Aaron Robb, Ph.D. 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 “The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.” – Ronald Reagan, 1/28/1986, speaking about the loss of the space shuttle Challenger and her crew This e-mail and any attachments contain information from the office of Aaron Robb, Ph.D. 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: Dan Taube To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Sent: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 6:38 PM Subject: Re: looking for valid measures of parent-child relationship quality and attachment I would not recommend the Bricklin Scales: they have not been adequately validated. See Mental Measurements Year Book for a review. Best, Dan D. Taube ________________________________ From: Nadia Sexton > Sender: > Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 22:33:31 +0000 To: Child Maltreatment Researchers > ReplyTo: Child Maltreatment Researchers > Subject: RE: looking for valid measures of parent-child relationship quality and attachment As an “expert witness” for child welfare many years ago now, I used the Bricklen Perception Scales. https://www.tjta.com/products/TST_005.htm They are rather clunky to use and interpret. They are only valid beginning at age 6 however. Perhaps they can be useful in some way to you. I’m enjoying this thread especially – I hope there are current and appropriate measures out there! Nadia Sexton, Ph.D. Casey Family Programs Knowledge Management * Director 201.565.7676 From: bounce-114252065-25395149list.cornell.edu [mailto:bounce-114252065-25395149list.cornell.edu ] On Behalf Of Michael Durfee Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 3:44 PM To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Subject: Re: looking for valid measures of parent-child relationship quality and attachment I don’t know hard codes except for NCAST. I have found it useful to have people comment on their own video. That might do poorly in court but it does also give them a chance to learn ow to be physically more effective with a baby or young toddler. An additional advantage for me has been the excuse for me to buy and upgrade camcorders. Michael Michael Durfee MD ICAN NCFR On Apr 9, 2014, at 12:11 PM, Bruce Borkosky >> wrote: what about the parent-child relationship inventory? BB On Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 1:18 PM, Sarah Dauber >> wrote: Hello, I am looking for standardized, validated measures of parent-child relationship quality to be used in a research study evaluating a therapeutic supervised visitation program for child welfare involved families. We are looking to evaluate the program for children ages 5-10 (approximately) so I need to find measures that are valid for that age group. I would like to assess parent-child attachment and/or quality of parenting/parent-child interaction. I’m looking for observational coding systems that can be used to code a structured interaction task between parent and child and also either self-report or observational measures of quality of attachment bond between parent and child. We are evaluating the relationship between and child and a non-custodial parent so the measure would need to be valid in a case where the child and parent don’t live together and don’t see each other very often. Any suggestions would be most appreciated! Thank you. Sarah Dauber, Ph.D. Director of Research and Evaluation The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children 161 William Street-9th Floor New York, NY 10038 Tel: (212) 233-5500 ext. 224 Fax: (212) 791-5227 Email: sdaubernyspcc.org > -- Bruce G. Borkosky, Psy.D. PA 1800 Lakeview Drive Sebring, FL 33870 863-386-0276 800-919-9008 Fax 813-200-8450 ForensicPsychologistoutlook.com > www.fl-forensic.com forensic psych search engine: https://www.google.com/cse/publicurl?cx=012799325615104828548:1lmt-wjw6q4 This communication is confidential and privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please communicate the error immediately, and delete all copies.