Parental Control

1. My parent(s) watch television programs and movies with me.
2. Parents should limit the amount of television their children watch.
3. My parent(s) limit the amount of television I watch.
4. My parent(s) limit the kinds of television programs I watch.
5. I discuss with my parent(s) the difference between what is real and what is pretend in stories that are on television and in the movies.
6. My parent(s) know the words of the music and rap that I listen to.
7. My parent(s) permit me to listen to only certain kinds of music/rap.
8. My parent(s) know who my friends are.
9. My parent(s) like my friends.
10. My parent(s) permit me to be friends with any one I choose.
This instrument can be found on page 238 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Point values are assigned as follows:
Agree a lot = 4
Agree a little = 3
Disagree a little = 2
Disagree a lot= 1
Point values are assigned as indicated above‚ with item 10 reverse coded. Scores are derived by summing the point values of the responses from a participant and dividing the total by the number of responses. Blankitems are not counted in the number of responses. Higher mean scores indicate higher levels of parentalinvolvement with and control over student’s exposure to television‚ music‚ and friends. Lower mean scoresindicate lower levels of parental involvement or control.

Houston Community Demonstration Project.Houston‚ TX: City of Houston Health and Human Services Department‚ 1993