Authoritative Parenting Index

1. She is always telling me what to do.
2. She makes rules without asking what I think.
3. She makes me feel better when I am upset.
4. She is too busy to talk to me.
5. She listens to what I have to say.
6. She likes me just the way I am.
7. She tells me when I do a good job on things.
8. She wants to hear about my problem.
9. She is pleased with how I behave.
1. She has rules that I must follow.
2. She tells me times when I must come home.
3. She makes sure I tell her where I am going.
4. She makes sure I go to bed on time.
5. She asks me what I do with friends.
6. She knows where I am after school.
7. She checks to see if I do my homework.
Note. Students who do not live with their mother or father are asked to answer the questions for their grandmother‚ aunt or other adult with whom they live. When used with younger children (grades 3-5)‚ an oversized mock up of the scale is used to show children how to mark their choice. When used with adolescents‚ “kids” is replaced with “students” in the instructions.
  • Responsiveness
  • Demandingness
This instrument can be found on pages 282-283 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Point values are assigned as follows:
Just like=4
A lot like=3
Sort of like=2
Not like=1
Point values are assigned as indicated above. Items for Responsiveness should be reverse coded. Point values for all items are summed. Intended range is 16 to 64‚ with high scores indicating a high level of authoritative parenting behavior.

Jackson C‚ Henriksen L‚ Foshee VA. The authoritative parenting index: predicting health risk behaviors among children and adolescents. Health Education & Behavior 1998;25(3):321-339..