Parent-Child Relationship Inventory (PCRI)

The Parent-Child Relationship Inventory (PCRI) is an instrument for parents to assess their relationship with their children. The instrument, which contains 78 items, has been standardized on over 1,100 parents in the United States. The PCRI can be completed in 15 to 20 minutes.

3-15 years

Parental support; satisfaction with parenting; involvement; communication; limit setting; autonomy; role orientation

15 minutes

PCRI Kit (includes 25 answer sheets, manual): $139; AutoScore answer sheet 25-pack: $67; Answer sheet 100-pack: $23; Scoring and Interpretation CD 25-use: $495; Manual: $82

Level C
Open Access
Computer scoring
Manual scoring
Resources on Psychometric Properties

Coffman, Jacqueline K., Diana Wright Guerin, and Allen W. Gottfried. 2006. “Reliability and Validity of the Parent-Child Relationship Inventory (PCRI): Evidence from a Longitudinal Cross-Informant Investigation.” Psychological Assessment 18 (2): 209–14.

Instrument Use in Peer-Reviewed Studies

Schroeder, Valarie M., and Michelle L. Kelley. 2010. “Family Environment and Parent-Child Relationships as Related to Executive Functioning in Children.” Early Child Development and Care 180 (10): 1285–98.

Beurkens, Nicole M., Jessica A. Hobson, and R. Peter Hobson. 2013. “Autism Severity and Qualities of Parent-Child Relations.” Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 43 (1): 168–78.

Reed, Phil, Jessie Howse, Ben Ho, and Lisa A. Osborne. 2017. “Relationship between Perceived Limit-Setting Abilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder Severity, Behaviour Problems and Parenting Stress in Mothers of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice 21 (8): 952–59.

Ganotice, Fraide A., Kevin Downing, Teresa Mak, Barbara Chan, and Wai Yip Lee. 2017. “Enhancing Parent-Child Relationship through Dialogic Reading.” Educational Studies 43 (1): 51–66.