Stress Index for Parents of Adolescents (SIPA)

Title: Stress Index for Parents of Adolescents (SIPA)
Author: Sheras, P. L., Abidin, R. R., & Konold, T. R.
Year: 1998

The  Stress Index for Parents of Adolescents (SIPA) is a 112 item screening and diagnostic instrument that identifies areas of stress in parent-adolescent interactions, allowing examination of the relationship of parenting stress to adolescent characteristics, parent characteristics, the quality of the adolescent-parent interactions, and stressful life circumstances in parents of adolescents ages 11-19 year . The SIPA yields scores on three domains: Adolescent Domain (AD), Parent Domain (PD, and Adolescent-Parent Relationship Domain (APRD); a Life Stressors (LS) scale; and an Index of Total Parenting Stress (TS). The AD and PD domains contain four sub-scales each.

  • Areas of parent-focused inspection include life restrictions, relationship with spouse/partner, social alienation, and incompetence/guilt.
  • Areas of adolescent-focused inspection include moodiness/emotional lability, social isolation/withdrawal, delinquency/antisocial, and failure to achieve or persevere.
  • Useful for family counseling, forensic evaluations for adolescent custody, identification of dysfunctional parent-adolescent systems, prevention programs designed to reduce parental stress, and intervention and treatment planning in high stress areas.
  • Internal consistency coefficients range from .80 to .90.
  • Test-retest reliability coefficients for the subscales range from .74 to .91.
Age Range: Children
Administration: Individual
  • 1 Professional manual @ $60.00
  • 25 Reusable item booklets @ $2.50
  • 25 Hand scorable answer/profile forms @ $2.50
Location: 1) Extra forms in BSB 158A
Publisher: Psychological Assessment Resources Inc. – PAR Inc.
Qualification Level: Level B or 2
Test Category: Emotional Intelligence
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