Lisa M. Hooper, PhD, Department of Educational Studies in Psychology, Research Methodology, and Counseling, University of Alabama; Kirsten Doehler, PhD, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Elon University.
Assessing Family Caregiving: A Comparison of Three Retrospective Parentification Measures
Article first published online: 4 OCT 2011
© 2012 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 38, Issue 4, pages 653–666, October 2012
How to Cite
Hooper, L. M. and Doehler, K. (2012), Assessing Family Caregiving: A Comparison of Three Retrospective Parentification Measures. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38: 653–666. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2011.00258.x
- Issue published online: 15 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 4 OCT 2011
Despite the frequent use of the Parentification Questionnaire (PQ) and the Parentification Scale (PS) in research studies, scant attention has been directed toward the psychometric properties of the scores derived from these measures. Moreover, given the importance of parentification as a clinical topic for treatment, it is surprising that more attention has not been paid to the accuracy and psychometric properties of parentification instruments. The current study was the first to compare the psychometric properties of these two commonly used parentification instruments (i.e., PQ and PS). This study also examined another parentification instrument, newly developed: the Parentification Inventory (PI). More specifically, the psychometric properties of the PI were compared comprehensively with those of the PQ and PS in a sample of college students (N = 787). Scores derived from the three measures were found to be comparable, valid, and reliable. Implications for couple and family system practice, and directions for future research are proffered.