Parental Health

Abstract: Parental Health is a 4-item questionnaire developed by the Conduct Problems Prevention Research Group (CPPRG) for Fast Track to assess general health, specific medical conditions, and common substance use (smoking and alcohol consumption) among parents/caretakers. Caretakers assess their general health on a 5-point scale (excellent=1,very good=2, good=3, fair=4, poor=5). Caretakers who rate their health as either fair or poor are asked to verbally describe their medical conditions. Caretakers are also asked about the frequency with which they consume alcohol (never=1, once/month=2, 2 or 3 times/month=3, once or twice/week=4, 3-5 times/week=5, and nearly every day=6). If a caregiver reports any alcohol use, the caretakers is asked about the frequency of binge drinking in the last month, defined as 5 or more drinks in one session (never=1, once=2, twice=3, three times=4; four times=5, five or more times=6). All caretakers are then asked about their current smoking habits (0=Does not smoke, 1=Smokes). Four scales were created from the available items. Two scales are just renamed versions of existing items. Two additional scales are created by collapsing responses to existing items into fewer categories. The general health of caretakers did not differ between control and normative samples. Moreover, the number of caretakers using alcoholic substances and the type of alcoholic consumption did not differ. The samples did differ in the frequency of reported smoking.

Who Completed this Measure?: Parent

Cohort 1 - Administrative History

  • Year 11 | grade 10 | age 16

Cohort 2 - Administrative History

  • Year 11 | grade 10 | age 16

Cohort 3 - Administrative History

  • Year 11 | grade 10 | age 16

Technical Reports:

Raw Dataset Name: PxAE

Scored Dataset Name: QPHySPc

Alcohol, Drinking, Health Problems, Smoking

Is this Measure Available for Public Use?: Yes

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Measure Items and Scales:

site Site Name
tcid Child ID Number
P11AE7 Are you having specific health problems?
cohort Cohort
intid Interviewer ID
respond Respondent
P11AE6 How is your general physical health?
P11AE8 How often do you drink alcohol?
P11AE9 How often in the last month have you had five or more drinks?
P11AE10 Do you smoke?
sitecode Actual Site Code Number Entered
QPH11AFQ Freq Drink: 1=Never,2=Occ(1-3x/m),3=Wkly+(1/wk+)
QPH11FQB Freq Binge Drink: 1=Never,2=1-3x/m,2=4+x/m
QPH11GEN General Health: 1=Excel.,2=Very Good,3=Good,4=Fair,5=Poor
QPH11SMK Currently Smoke: 1=Yes,2=No