Parenting Stress Index – Fourth Edition (PSI-4)

Title: Parenting Stress Index – Fourth Edition (PSI-4)
Author: Abidin, R. R.
Year: 2012
Description: The Parenting Stress Index, Fourth Edition (PSI-4) is designed to evaluate the magnitude of stress in the parent-child system (Ages 0 to 12 years), the fourth edition of the PSI is a 120-item inventory that focuses on three major domains of stress: child characteristics, parent characteristics, and situational/demographic life stress.  The PSI-4 is commonly used as a screening and triage measure for evaluating the parenting system and identifying issues that may lead to problems in the child’s or parent’s behavior.  This information may be used for designing a treatment plan, for setting priorities for intervention, and/or for follow-up evaluation.  Other common settings for administration of the PSI-4 include medical centers where children are receiving medical care, outpatient therapy settings, pediatric practices, and treatment outcome monitoring.

Two domains, Child and Parent, combine to form the Total Stress scale.  The Life Stress scale provides information about the amount of parent stress caused by factors outside the parent-child relationship.

  • Within the Child Domain, six subscales (Distractability/Hyperactivity, Adaptability, Reinforces Parent, Demandingness, Mood, and Acceptability) evaluate sources of stress as gathered from the parent’s report of child characteristics.
  • Within the Parent Domain, seven subscales (Competence, Isolation, Attachment, Health, Role Restriction, Depression, and Spouse/Parenting Partner Relationship) measure sources of stress related to parent characteristics.

The Parenting Stress Index, Fourth Edition Software Portfolio (PSI-4-SP) allows you to administer either the 120-item PSI-4 or the 36-item PSI-4 on-screen or to hand-enter item responses from either form and produces up to four reports.  In addition, the software allows you to e-mail an invitation to complete the PSI-4 or PSI-4-SF to anyone with an e-mail address and helps you manage these assessments.  An updated PSI bibliography is included within the software.

  • The PSI-4 Interprative Report contains a percentile profile, a T-score profile, a score summary table, a validity analysis, a scale-by-scale interpretation of the protocol, a list of possible diagnoses for the child, and intervention recommendations.
  • The PSI-4 Score Report contains a percentile profile, a T-score profile, a score summary table, and a table of item responses.

The abbreviated version of this test is the Parenting Stress Index – Fourth Edition Short Form (PSI-4-SF)

Age Range: Children
Administration: Individual
Inventory: 1 Complete Kit

  • PSI-4 Professional Manual @ $80.00
  • 10 Reusable Item Booklets (To be returned not purchased) @ $7.50
  • 25 Answer Sheets @ $3.25
  • 25 Profile Forms @ $1.15
  • 5 Counter On-screen Administrations @ $3.70
  • 3 Sample PSI-4 Interpretive Reports
Publisher: Psychological Assessment Resources Inc. – PAR Inc.
Qualification Level: Level B or 2
Test Category: Emotional Intelligence
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