Positive Parenting Practices—Chicago Youth Development Study

In the past 12 months‚ when your youth did something that you liked or approved of‚ how often did you …
1. Give him a wink or a smile?
2. Say something nice about it; praise or approval?
3. Give him a hug‚ pat on the back‚ or kiss for it?
4. Give him some reward for it‚ like a present‚ extra money‚ or something special to eat?
5. Give him some special privilege such as staying up late‚ watching TV‚ or doing some special activity?
6. Do something special together‚ such as going to the movies‚ playing a game‚ or going somewhere special?
Youth Items
When you have done something that your parents like or approve of‚ how often does your caregiver …
1. Give you a wink or smile?
2. Say something nice about it; praise or approval?
3. Give you a hug‚ pat on the back‚ or kiss for it?
4. Give you some reward for it‚ like present‚ extra money or something special to eat?
5. Give you some special privilege such as staying up late‚ watching TV‚ or doing some special activity?
6. Do something special together‚ such as going to the movies‚ playing a game‚ or going somewhere special?
 
 
  • Reward
  • verbal praise
 
This instrument can be found on pages 288-289 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/YV_Compendium.pdf
 
Point values are assigned as follows:
Almost never =1
Sometimes=3
Almost always=5
Parent and youth items should be scored separately. Point values are assigned as indicated above. Point values are summed and then divided by the total number of items. Intended range is 1-5‚ with higher scores indicating a greater sense of positive parenting.
 

Tolan PH‚ Gorman-Smith D‚ Henry DB. Chicago Youth Development Study Parenting Practices Measure: Instructions for Scaling Technical Report. Families and Communities Research Group‚ Institute for Juvenile Research‚ Department of Psychiatry‚ The University of Illinois at Chicago‚ 2000.