Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 243–259 | Cite as

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

  • Frank J. ElgarEmail author
  • Daniel A. Waschbusch
  • Mark R. Dadds
  • Nadine Sigvaldason
Original Paper


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.


Parenting practices Disruptive behavior disorders Alabama parenting Questionnaire Externalizing problems Children 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank J. Elgar
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniel A. Waschbusch
    • 2
  • Mark R. Dadds
    • 3
  • Nadine Sigvaldason
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada
  2. 2.Center for Children and Families, Department of Psychology and PediatricsUniversity at Buffalo, State University of New YorkBuffaloUSA
  3. 3.School of PsychologyUniversity of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Department of Family Social SciencesUniversity of ManitobaWinnipegCanada

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