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What the assessments measure

The assessments offered by Parent in the Know serve a very specific and important purpose. They measure the most critical aspects of the parental role and of children’s social/emotional-based behavioral functioning.

Please be aware the assessments are for informational and educational purposes and not for diagnosis. Please review the Terms of Use and Disclaimer before ordering. 

The assessments are organized into six major groups:

1. Parenting Stress

Stress can result when experiencing demands while parenting that seem overwhelming. This can be because there are many demands or we feel we don’t have the resources to meet the demands coming at us. This can trigger negative feelings and thoughts and cause us to behave as parents in ways that are not healthy for ourselves or best for our children.

We offer 5 parenting stress assessments. They measure the type and amount of stress you are experiencing. Your scores will let you know if this is in the range that is cause for concern.

2. Parent-Child Relationship

The parent-child relationship is central to parenting. Because these interactions are complex, unique to each parent-child pair and emotionally intense, they can often get off track. When there are problems in this area, both parents and children suffer. Having close, warm, and secure connections is a protective factor for children and for parents.

We offer 6 parent-child relationship assessments. They measure the health of the relationship you have with your child. Your scores will let you know if it is in the range that indicates substantial issues.

3. Parenting Styles

All parents have beliefs and attitudes about how children should be raised, known as their parenting style. These influence how we respond to children’s needs and demands and the skills and attitudes children learn. Some styles are healthier than others. They are also typically passed on from you to your child when he/she becomes a parent.

We offer 5 parenting style assessments. They measure how much you align with different styles. Your scores will let you know if you are in the range that is cause for concern. 

4. Understanding & Handling Children

What parents know about child development and parenting has a major impact on the decisions they make when interacting with their children. This covers what we believe are major responsibilities for what and how children are taught to what influences a child’s behavior. When there are problems in these areas, it undermines children’s healthy development.

We offer 6 understanding & handling children assessments. They measure what you know and what you do in parenting situations. Your scores will let you know if you are engaging in actions in a range that could be detrimental to your child.

5. Confidence & Satisfaction

Being a parent is one of the most important roles we have. It is also one of the most challenging. We can be unsure how to parent well and especially if it is not going well, it can shake our confidence. In addition, feeling isolated and having regrets can all eat away at being able to enjoy and be satisfied in the parental role. Children pick up on this and it undermines the ability to be an effective parent.

We offer 9 parental confidence & satisfaction assessments. They measure your level of confidence and satisfaction in your role as a parent. Your scores will let you know if your feelings are in a range that is cause for concern.

6. Child Behavior

Understanding your child is paramount to being able to parent well. Children have individual differences in how they respond to their environment and to others, known as their temperament. Insight into your child’s temperament gives you invaluable information about him/her as a unique individual. Knowing if your child’s emotional functioning, social skills, and behavior are in line with those of same-aged children allows you to know if he/she is developing normally.

We offer 5 child behavior assessments. They measure your child’s temperament, emotional functioning, social skills, and type and degree of problem behaviors. Their scores will let you know if these are in a range that could be problematic.

Why we only use high-quality assessments 

An assessment must yield accurate information. The assessments we use are professionally developed research-based instruments created by psychologists and physicians.

They have strong psychometric properties, the most important being reliability and validity. Reliability is how dependable and consistent an assessment is in measuring what it is intended to measure. Validity is the extent to which an assessment measures what it claims to measure.

This means you can trust the results.

Your scores and report

Your results are generated by comparing your score against the scores of parents like you. You will learn where you are on a continuum of low, medium, or high parenting effectiveness and wellness; and for your children where they fall on this continuum for their behavior compared to children their same age. 

While it can be challenging to go through the process of personal reflection about yourself and your children, do keep in mind that the more accurate your responses, the more accurate the results will be. 

Each assessment comes with an in-depth report framed in the research literature for interpretation, including descriptions and definitions, parent characteristics, child characteristics, suggested resources, and major sources. You have the option to download and save your results as well.

The assessments and reports are research-based

Each of the assessments and the reports are supported with extensive peer-reviewed, scholarly research. To view the research-basis, please click Parent in the Know Research-Basis for Assessments and Reports.

How to select an assessment 

The assessments only take a few minutes each to complete. They vary from those for moms and dads who are expecting a baby through those with teenagers. Some of the assessments are for any number of children and others for an individual child. Each description includes:

  • Which of the six areas is the focus
  • If it is to be completed by a mother, father, or just a mother or a father
  • If it is for parents with any number of children or an individual child
  • What ages of children it is about
  • What it specifically measures
  • The rationale behind what it measures
  • The number of separate scores from that assessment
  • The price, which ranges from $12.50 to $20

Here is an example of one of the assessments:


Parental Role Quality


Parenting Stress


Mothers, Fathers


Any number


3—18 years


Feelings about the rewarding and concerning/stressful aspects of parenting


The parental role comes with both rewards and concerns. It can be very rewarding with a sense of meaning and purpose and experiencing a close positive relationship between yourself and your children. But there can be concerns felt that are stressful such as the responsibilities of childcare, worrying about their well-being, and not feeling valued by them. When the concerns are continually greater than the rewards, high parental stress can result. This can undermine warm, responsive parenting which interferes with the ability of your child to realize his/her optimal development. This assessment allows you to know if your feelings about the parental role are more on the reward or burden side.