• Journal Article

The parent opinion questionnaire and child vignettes for use with abusive parents: Assessment of psychometric properties

Citation

Haskett, M. E., Scott, S. S., Willoughby, M., Ahern, L., & Nears, K. (2006). The parent opinion questionnaire and child vignettes for use with abusive parents: Assessment of psychometric properties. Journal of Family Violence, 21(2), 137-151. DOI: 10.1007/s10896-005-9010-2

Abstract

Psychometric properties of the Parent Opinion Questionnaire (POQ) and the Child Vignettes (CV) were examined. Participants included 78 abusive and 77 comparison mothers and fathers. Scores on the POQ were very low, and there were no differences between abusive and comparison parents on any of the six rationally-derived scales of the POQ or the full scale. Results of factor analysis and assessment of internal consistency did not support the six scales. Full scale scores were associated with parental psychopathology, parenting stress, self-reported discipline practices, and IQ, but were unrelated to observed parenting behavior. On the CV, abusive parents indicated more negative attributions and harsher intended punishment for children's aversive behavior than did comparison parents. Negative attribution ratings and intended punishment ratings on the CV were related to parental psychopathology and parenting stress; scores on intended punishment were related to parents' perceptions of their children's adjustment, self-reported disciplinary practices, and observed negative parenting behavior