Parental Involvement—Rochester Youth Development Study

How often …
1. Are you too busy or unavailable to do things with your child?
2. Does your child do things with other members of the family?
3. Do you play sports or games with your child?
4. Does your child help with important decisions?
5. Do you go with your child to the movies or some special event?
Sometimes parents take part in activities with their children by attending meetings or events‚ driving their children‚ or being a coach. How involved are you in this activity with your children?
6. Organized sports clubs or teams outside of school
7. School sports
8. School activities like clubs or special events
9. Church or religious activities
10. Other organized groups like the “Y” or like the Boys and Girls Club
11. Organized musical or singing groups‚ including in school
  • Prosocial activities
This instrument can be found on pages 311-312 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Point values are assigned as follows:
Itrms 1-5:
Items 6-11:
Very involved=4
 Somewhat involved=3
A little involved=2
Not at all involved=1
Point values are assigned as indicated above‚ with item 1 reverse coded. Point values are summed and then divided by the number of items. The intended range of scores is 1-4‚ with a higher score indicating a higher level of parental involvement.

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