Parent-Child Communication, Child Report

Adapted from the Revised Parent-Adolescent Communication Form of the Pittsburgh Youth Study (see Loeber, Farrington, Stouthamer-Loeber, & van Kammen, 1998; Thornberry, Huizinga, & Loeber, 1995). Pittsburgh Youth Study, The Department of Psychiatry of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, 3811 O'Hara Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.


The Parent-Child Communication Scale, Child Report is a 10-item measure which assesses children's perceptions of their primary caregiver's openness to communication. The answers are coded 5-point scales where 1 represents "almost never" and 5 represents "almost always."

Exploratory factor analyses were conducted using the normative sample to inform scaling, separately for the Child and the Parent items (see Addendum). The resultant two scales parallel the scales created in the original Technical Report (McMahon, Kim, & Jones, 1997): Parent Communication and Child Communication. Items 4 and 9 did not load on either scale. Each scale score was calculated by taking an average of the items comprising the scale. None of the observations were missing 50% or more data.

The parent communication scale on this measure reflects the child's perception of the primary caregiver's effort to maintain open communication with him/her. The child communication scale reflects the frequency with which the child communicates his/her feelings and problems with the primary caregiver. Similar constructs, although measured by different combinations of items, can be found on the Parent-Child Communication, Parent Report measure.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: CyQ
Scored Dataset Name: PCCySCc


Parent Child Relationship, Communication Skills, Empathy.