Children Belief about Parental Divorce Scale (CBAPS)

1.     It would upset me if other kids asked a lot of questions about my parents.
2.     It was usually my father’s fault when my parents had a fight
3.     I sometimes worry that both my parents will want to live without me
4.     When my family was unhappy it was usually because of my mother
5.     My parents will always live apart
6.     My parents often argue with each other after I misbehave
7.     I like talking to my friends as much now as I used to
8.     My father is usually a nice person
9.     It’s possible that both my parents will never want to see me again
10. My mother is usually a nice person
11. If I behave better I might be able to bring my family back together
12. My parents would probably be happier if I were never born
13. I like playing with my friends as much now as I used to
14. When my family was unhappy it was usually because of something my father said or did
15. I sometimes worry that I’ll be left all alone
16. Often I have a bad time when I’m with my mother
17. My family will probably do things together just like before
18. My parents probably argue more when I’m with them than when I’m gone
19. I’d rather be alone than play with other kids
20. My father caused most of the trouble in my family
21. I feel that my parents still love me
22. My mother caused most of the trouble
23. My parents will probably see that they have made a mistake and get back together again
24. My parents are happier when I’m with them than when I’m not
25. My friends and I do many things together
26. There are a lot of things about my father I like
27. I sometimes think that one day I may have to go live with a friend or relative
28. My mother is more good than bad
29. I sometimes think that my parents will one day live together again
30. I can make my parents unhappy with each other by what I say or do
31. My friends understand how I feel about my parents
32. My father is more good than bad
33. I feel my parents still like me
34. There are a lot of things about my mother I like
35. I sometimes think that once my parents realize how much I want them to they’ll live together again
36. My parents would probably still be living together if it weren’t for me
 
Peer ridicule and avoidance‚ fear of abandonment‚ hope of reunification‚ paternal blame‚ maternal blame‚ and self-blame.
 
Peer ridicule and avoidance (0.62‚ 0.41)‚ fear of abandonment (0.73‚ 0.53)‚ hope of reunification (0.78‚ 0.51)‚ paternal blame (0.78‚ 0.72)‚ maternal blame (0.77‚ 0.51)‚ and self-blame (0.54‚ 0.43).
 
The CBAPS identifies problematic responding. A “yes” response on items 1‚ 2‚ 3‚ 4‚ 6‚ 9‚ 11‚ 12‚ 14-20‚ 22‚ 23‚ 27‚ 29‚ 30‚ 35‚ 36 and a “no” response on items 5‚ 7‚ 8‚ 10‚ 13‚ 21‚ 24-26‚ 28‚ 31-34  indicate a problematic reaction to one’s parents divorcing. 
Peer ridicule and avoidance (1‚ 7‚ 13‚ 19‚ 25‚ 31)‚ Fear of abandonment (3‚ 9‚ 15‚ 21‚ 27‚ 33)‚ Hope of reunification (5‚ 11‚ 17‚ 23‚ 29‚ 35)‚ Paternal blame (2‚ 8‚ 14‚ 20‚ 26‚ 32)‚ Maternal blame (4‚ 10‚ 16‚ 22‚ 28‚ 34)‚ and Self-blame (6‚ 12‚ 18‚ 24‚ 30‚ 36).
 

Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 471-473.

 

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Kurdek‚ L. A.‚ and Berg‚ B. (1987). Children Belief about Parental Divorce Scale (CBAPS). In Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 471-473.

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