Development and Validation of a Short Form of the Alabama Parenting Questionnaire

Frank J. Elgar*, Daniel A. Waschbusch, Mark R. Dadds, Nadine Sigvaldason

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Brief assessments of parenting practices can provide important information about the development of disruptive behavior disorders in children. We examined the factor structure of a widely used assessment of parenting practices, the Alabama Parenting Questionnaire, and produced a 9-item short scale around its three supported factors: Positive Parenting, Inconsistent Discipline and Poor Supervision. The short scale was then validated in independent community samples using confirmatory factor analysis and measures of disruptive behavioral disorders in children. The scale showed good fit to a three-factor model and good convergent validity by differentiating parents of children with disruptive behavioral disorders and parents of children without such disorders. Results indicated that this new measure is an informative tool for researchers and clinicians whom require brief assessments of parenting practices relating to disruptive behavioral disorders in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-259
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Alabama parenting Questionnaire
  • Children
  • Disruptive behavior disorders
  • Externalizing problems
  • Parenting practices


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