Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice
Various forms of assessments of parenting skill are used across studies including parent self-report, observations of parent and child interactions, and role-play assessments of parenting skill. Role-play assessments, though used in several studies, have not been sufficiently evaluated so as to understand their reliability and validity as measures of parenting skill. The current study compared repeated role-play assessments and parent– child interactions across 5 weeks for 4 parents. Consistency across role-play assessments was adequate (80%), but the variability of parent behavior with their own child across sessions (59% similarity) led to poor similarity with role-play assessments (63%). Findings suggest promise for the usefulness of role-play assessments, but raise questions about the stability of parent behavior with their own children during in-home observations.
Jensen, S. A.,
Role-play assessments as a measure of parenting skill.
Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 17(4), 393–401.