PCIT – Reliability

Abstract: The Parent-Child Interaction Task (PCIT) was administered to the child and the parent as part of the summer interview in the child's home - this measure evaluates the reliability of the two measures used in conjunction with the PCIT. Two measures are included in the PCIT: the Behavioral Coding System (BCS; Forehand & McMahon, 1981) and the Interaction Ratings Scale (Crnic and Greenberg, 1990). The PCIT is comprised of four separate segments, which occur in the following sequence: Child's Game, Parent's Game, Lego Task, and Clean-Up. The BCS is used by the child interviewer to record both parent behaviors and child behaviors during each task; the amount of time for each task and the total time are also recorded and used in the scoring of the subscales. The child interviewer then completes the IRS, which is a set of 16 global ratings of the mother and child with respect to gratification, sensitivity, and involvement, after each of the 4 tasks that the parent and child complete together. Separate reliability checks were used for the BCS and IRS. Analysts should note that distribution properties for these scores might be nonnormal due to the small sample sizes involved and the nature of the variable construction. With that in mind, Positive Attention % Agreement and Number of Items with Reliability of Zero were negatively skewed for both the normative and control samples. One score, Sum of Reliability Ratings, was positively skewed for both samples. Another approach to reliability would have been to calculate the inter-class correlations for these two measures. However, raw data for the lead observer were not available to perform these calculations.

Who Completed this Measure?: Observer

Cohort 1 - Administrative History

  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Cohort 2 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Cohort 3 - Administrative History

  • Year 01 | K | age 6
  • Year 02 | grade 1 | age 7
  • Year 03 | grade 2 | age 8

Technical Reports:

Raw Dataset Name: OyErel

Scored Dataset Name: PCRy

Behavior Patterns, Compliance, Parent-Child Communication, Positive Parenting, Punishment

Is this Measure Available for Public Use?: Yes

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Measure Items and Scales:

Scored Dataset Contents

SITE site name
TCID tcid 4 digit
O3E_r1 BCS: Commands % Agreement
O3E_r2 BCS: Positive Attention % Agreement
O3E_r3 BCS: Negative Attention % Agreement
O3E_r4 BCS: Compliance % Agreement
O3E_r5 BCS: Noncompliance % Agreement
O3E_r6 BCS: Disruptive Behavior % Agreement
O3E_r7 BCS: Total % Agreement
O3E_r8 IRS: # of Items with Reliability of 0
O3E_r9 IRS: Sum of All Reliability Ratings
O3E_r10 IRS: # of Items with Exact Agreement