Prosocial Parental Involvement—Seattle Social Development Project

1. My parents give me lots of chances to do fun things with them.
2. My parents ask me what I think before most family decisions affecting me are made.
3. If I had a personal problem‚ I could ask my mom or dad for help.
4. My parents notice when I am doing a good job and let me know about it.
5. How often do your parents tell you they’re proud of you for something you’ve done?
6. Do you enjoy spending time with your mother?
7. Do you enjoy spending time with your father?
  • Antisocial behavior
  • High risk behavior
This instrument can be found on pages 316-317 of Measuring Violence-Related Attitudes‚ Behaviors‚ and Influences Among Youths: A Compendium of Assessment Tools‚ available online at:
Items 1-3‚ 6 and 7 are scored as follows:
YES! = 4
yes = 3
no = 2
NO! = 1
Items 4 and 5 are scored as follows:
All the time = 4
Often = 3
Sometimes = 2
Never or almost never = 1
Point values for all items are added‚ with a possible total score ranging from 7-28. Higher scores indicate stronger prosocial parental involvement.

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