Positive Parenting Practices —Rochester Youth Development Study

Parent Items
When your child has done something that you like or approve of‚ how often do you …
1. Say something nice about it or praise your child for it?
2. Give your child something like a hug‚ kiss‚ or pat on the back for it?
3. Give your child some reward for it‚ like a present‚ money‚ or food?
4. Give your child a special privilege‚ like staying up late or a special activity?
5. Go someplace or do something special with your child as a reward?
Youth Items
When you have done something that your parent likes or approves of‚ how often does she/does he …
1. Say something nice about it or praise you for it?
2. Give you something like a hug‚ kiss‚ or pat on the back for it?
3. Give you some reward for it‚ like a present‚ money‚ or food?
4. Give you a special privilege‚ like staying up late or a special activity?
5. Go someplace or do something special with you as a reward?
 
 
  • Reward
  • verbal praise
 
This instrument can be found on pages 286-287 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:
Often=1
Sometimes=2
Seldom=3
Never Just like=4
Parent and youth items should be scored separately. Point values are assigned as indicated above. 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 greater frequency of positive parenting.
 

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