Coder Impressions Inventory-Original and Addendum


The Coder Impressions Inventory (CII) is an adaptation of several impression scales from the Oregon Social Learning Center, including the Observer Impressions Inventory (Capaldi & Patterson, 1989). This measure is based on the observer's overall impressions of the parent, child and their interactions. The measure consists of 59 items and a 6-item addendum, both of which are completed at the same time.

Abstract

The Coder Impressions Inventory (CII) is an adaptation of several impression scales from the Oregon Social Learning Center, including the Observer Impressions Inventory (Capaldi & Patterson, 1989). This measure is based on the observer's overall impressions of the parent, child and their interactions. It is designed to collect information on the family, which may be missed by strictly defined microanalytic observational procedures or by global ratings. The measure consists of 59 items and a 6-item addendum, both of which are completed at the same time.

Questions in the measure focus on describing the interactions between the mother and the child during the visit, and ask the interviewer to describe the parent or family. These questions are generally scored on a response scale of 1 to 3, where 1=did not occur, 2=one example, and 3=multiple examples. Summary type questions ask for an overall summary of the child's conduct during the observation (on a scale of 0 to 6, with 0=spectacular and 6=awful), percentages of time (on a scale of 0%-100%), and whether the family looked like they needed intervention (on a scale of 0 to 4, with 0=definitely and 4=not at all).

The questions that come from the addendum are completed after the main inventory is completed. These six questions summarize the parent's behavior with the child. All six questions use the same response scale as with the main inventory for coder impressions, where 0=no basis, 1=did not occur, 2=one example, and 3=multiple examples.

There are six subscales for this measure. Items for the main inventory as well as for the addendum comprise the subscales. All of these subscales are mean scores that are based on factor analysis or are theoretically derived. Three of the subscales were normally distributed for both the normative and control samples, two scales were positively skewed for both samples and one scale was normally distributed for the normative sample but was negatively skewed for the control sample.

Analysts should note that in a technical report on the year 2 data for this measure, the normative sample had a low inter-item correlation but the control sample had an acceptable inter-item correlation. The recommendation in that report was to use the Physical Discipline scale for the high-risk sample but not for the normative sample. Analysts should use this scale with caution.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: OyG, OyH
Scored Dataset Name: CIIySOc, CIAySOc

Keywords

Parent Child Relationship, Child Discipline, Prosocial Skills, Punishment, Verbal Aggression, Physical Aggression, Positive Parenting, Family Communication, Behavior Standards, Authority.