Argentinean Scale on Perceptions of Relationships with Parents for Children 8–12 Years of Age

1 My father/mother likes to talk with me and be with me most of the time.
2 My father/mother makes sure I get home on time.
3 My father/mother tells me that he/she loves me a great deal.
4 My father/mother wants to know at all times where I am and what I am doing.
5 My father/mother decides which friends I can have.
6 My father/mother does not much care if I misbehave.
7 My father/mother allows me to go out whenever I want.
8 My father/mother makes me feel that I am the most important person in their life.
9 My father/mother gets into my things.
10 My father/mother believes that punishing me is going to correct my poor behavior.
11 My father/mother always listens to what I say and think.
12 My father/mother always wants to know what I do at school and in my free time.
13 My father/mother always talks about the things they do for me and blames me because they have to do so much.
14 My father/mother wants to control everything that I do.
15 My father/mother cares when I do something that I shouldn’t do.
16 My father/mother allows me to do whatever I want.
17 My father/mother protects me when I am afraid.
18 My father/mother insists that I have to do everything he/she tells me.
19 My father/mother punishes me when I haven’t done anything wrong.
20 My father/mother often has long talks with me to explain the reasons for things.
21 My father says that if I really love him‚ I should behave well so as not to make his life miserable.
21 My mother says that if I really love her‚ I should behave well so as not to make her life miserable.
22 My father/mother insists that I do my chores.
23 If I insist‚ my father/mother gives in and says I can stay out later on weeknights.
24 My father/mother says that misbeha‎ving is very serious and that I might have problems when I grow up.
25 My father/mother‚ if I do something he/she is upset about‚ stops speaking to me until I apologize.
26 My father/mother shows that he/she is proud of what I do.
27 My father/mother wants me to stay home so that they know what I am doing.
28 My father/mother makes me do what he/she tells me to do.
29 My father/mother is interested in what I do.
30 My father/mother‚ when I make a mistake‚ refuses to have anything to do with me until I find a way to reconcile with him/her.
31 My father/mother allows me to go out to play whenever I want.
32 My father/mother worries when I misbehave because I will suffer the consequences when I grow up.
Reliability‚ measured by Cronbach’s alpha coefficient‚ in the sample of adolescents in Buenos Aires‚ Argentina‚ ranged from 0.60 to 0.92(Richaud de Minzi‚ 2005).
Acceptance: Mother 0.92‚ Father 0.89
Strict Control: Mother 0.81‚ Father 0.75
Accepted Control: Mother 0.75‚ Father 0.75
Pathological Control Mother: 0.72‚ Father 0.81
Extreme Autonomy Mother: 0.60‚ Father 0.60
  • Acceptance
  • Autonomy
This instrument can be found on pages 35-39 of Latino Families and Youth: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
 1 = No
2 = Sometimes
3 = Yes
Acceptance: 8 items for mother and father: 1‚ 3‚ 8‚ 11‚ 17‚ 20‚ 26‚ 29
Accepted control: 6 items for father and 7 items for mother: 1‚ 4‚ 12‚ 18‚ 21 (only mother)‚ 24‚ 32
Strict control: 3 items for father and mother: 15‚ 22‚ 28
Pathological Control: 9 items for mother and 10 items for father: 5‚ 9‚ 10‚ 13‚ 14‚ 19‚ 21 (only father)‚ 25‚ 27‚ 30
Extreme Autonomy: 5 items for mother and father: 6‚ 7‚ 16‚ 23‚ 31
The score for each factor can be calculated with a minimum of 75% of the items.

Richaud de Minzi‚ M.C. (2007). Evaluación del afrontamiento en niños de 8 a 12 años[Assessment of coping in children age 8 to 12years]. Revista Mejicana de Psicología‚ 23(2)‚ 196-201.

Schaefer‚ E. S. (1965). Children’s reports of parental behavior: An inventory. Child Development‚ 36(2)‚ 413-424.