Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: June 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963978 | Print ISBN: 9781412909280 | Online ISBN: 9781412963978| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Parenting Stress Index
Brian D. Johnson & Yan Li
The Parenting Stress Index, 3rd Ed. (PSI) is a norm-referenced test developed by Richard R. Abidin. The PSI assesses for dysfunction in the parent-child relationship and is based on a theory that the level of stress in the parent-child dyad is the result of child, parent, and situational characteristics. The PSI attempts to identify parental levels of stress, dysfunctional parenting dynamics, and childhood behavior problems. The measure assumes a direct interaction between parental stress and behavior problems in children. The PSI can be a useful assessment for therapists working with parents and families, abusive or at-risk families, children with adjustment or behavior disorders, and clients in forensics settings. The PSI is a 120-item self-report questionnaire that assesses child and parent behaviors on a number of domains. It typically takes a respondent 20 to 30 minutes to complete the questionnaire. The PSI is normed for parents of children between 1 month ...