The Parent-Child Conflict Tactics Scales (CTSPC) is a multi-item measure developed to assess parent-to-child conflict, based on the Conflict Tactics Scales (CTS1). It includes items on non-violent discipline , psychological aggression, physical assault, and neglect.
Geographies Tested: United States of America
Populations Included: Female, Male
Age Range: Adults
Children often do things that are wrong, disobey or make their parents angry. We would like to know what you have done when your [SAY age of referent child] year old child, did something wrong or make you upset or angry.
I am going to read a list of things you might have done in the past year and I would like you to tell me whether you have: done it once in past year, done it twice in the past year, 3-5 times in the past year, 6-10 times, 11-20 times, or more than 20 times in the past year. If you haven’t done it in the past year but have done it before that, I would like to know this, too.
Once in the past year - 1
Twice in the past year - 2
3-5 times in the past year - 3
6-10 times in the past year - 4
11-20 times in the past year - 5
More than 20 times in the past year - 6
Not in the past year, but it did happen before - 7
This has never happened - 0
The scale is is scored by adding the midpoints for the response categories chosen by the participant. The midpoints are the same as the response category numbers for categories 0, 1, and 2. For category 3 (3–5 times) the midpoint is 4, for category 4 (6–10 times) it is 8, for category 5 (11–20 times) it is 15, and for category 6 (More than 20 times in the past year) we suggest using 25 as the midpoint.
Straus, M. A., Hamby, S. L., Finkelhor, D., Moore, D. W., & Runyan, D. (1998). Identification of child maltreatment with the Parent-Child Conflict Tactics Scales: Development and psychometric data for a national sample of American parents. Child abuse & neglect, 22(4), 249-270. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0145-2134(97)00174-9
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