A New Measure of Parenting Practices Involving Preadolescent-and Adolescent-Aged Children
Parenting behaviors have played critical roles in various theoretical and clinical models that have sought to explain the development and course of deviant child behavior. Notwithstanding the importance of this topic, the extant literature reveals very few adequate instruments for describing such patterns. To address 3this need, the authors developed a self-report procedure for assessing parenting practices involving preadolescent and adolescent children, the Loeber Youth Questionnaire. Preliminary reliability and concurrent validity data were quite encouraging, and the instrument’s two major dimensions (affect and control) fit well with the existing clinical and research literature. Limitations and future research directions are addressed.