Home Interview with Child


The Home Interview with Child (HIWC) has been administered as part of the summer child interview during the first four years of the Fast Track project. The interviewer shows the child a series of eight drawings that depict two types of social situations and reads a brief description of the situations. The pictures and descriptions concern two types of social situations: 1) Ambiguous Minor Harm situations where the respondent is asked to pretend he/she has been bumped or hit with a ball and 2) Unsuccessful Peer Entry situations ask the respondent to pretend he/she has approached a group, has attempted to join it, and is either explicitly told he/she cannot join the group, or is ignored by the children in the group.

The HIWC generates two open verbal responses about each of eight situations. In total, there are eight responses where the child interprets an offender's intentions and eight responses where the child describes how he/she would behave in response to the offense. The interviewer codes responses to the interpretation questions into one of three categories: hostile, nonhostile, and don't know. Responses to the eight behavior questions were coded into one of six categories: don't know, do nothing, ask why/ask again, make a command, threaten adult punishment or make a threat, or retaliate/be aggressive.

Analysts should note that the distributions for the scales for both the normative and the high-risk samples are fairly normal, with small amounts of skewness. The same is true for each of the individual items of the measure for both the normative and the high-risk samples; their distributions are all fairly normal, with only small amounts of skewness.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: CyB
Scored Dataset Name: HICySCc


Social Skills, Hostile Behavior, Peer Relationships, Aggressive Behavior.