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Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI) 3.0 Pilot

The AAPI (Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory) is an essential tool designed to assess parenting and child-rearing attitudes among adult and adolescent parent and pre-parent populations. Family Development Resources, Inc. and Nurturing Parenting® Programs is pleased to announce the AAPI 3.0 pilot. The pilot's extensive network of collaborating agencies within the Untied States reflects a diverse range of demographics and background. By encompassing agencies that represent broad demographic groups and geographic locations, the pilot ensures a more inclusive and comprehensive approach and outcome.

The AAPI 3.0 represents an evolution of this inventory, featuring 40 items on both Form A and Form B. With a focus on enhancing validity and reliability, the pilot project aims to gather research on the efficacy of new questions and explore new demographic considerations. The AAPI 3.0 is an inventory designed to assess the parenting and child rearing attitudes of adolescents and adult parent and pre-parent populations. Based on the known parenting and child rearing behaviors of abusive parents, responses to the inventory provide an index of risk for practicing behaviors known to be attributable to child abuse and neglect. The AAPI 3.0 is the revised and re-normed version of the original AAPI first developed in 1979.

The AAPI 3.0 pilot research initiative is estimated to last up to one year, after that time, the AAPI 3.0 will be released to professional agencies.

You may wonder, how and why were sites/agencies chosen? The sites for the AAPI 3.0 are closely replicating past pilot studies as possible.

Replicating past pilot studies serves several crucial purposes:

  1. Validity and Reliability: replicating past studies, we can verify the reliability and validity of the procedures. In turn, this provides confidence in the data-driven process and decision-making processes.
  2. Quality Assurance: replication allows the ability to assess the robustness of methodologies to ensure the standards of quality in the assessment.
  3. Longitudinal Analysis: replicating pilot studies over time provides valuable longitudinal data that offers insight into trends, patterns and changes. This longitudinal perspective is essential for understanding the effectiveness of interventions.
  4. Transparency and Accountability: replicating past studies demonstrates a commitment to accountability and rigor in testing practices. It demonstrates continued best practice to professional agencies.


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Spanish Translations Now Available

The Spanish AAPI, NSCS and PARTI inventories, scoring profiles, and response interpretations are now all ready for administration.

Please only use AAPI 2.5 and NSCS 3.1 forms for new assessments!


Parenting Attitudes about Raising Teenagers Inventory (1.0)

The PARTI is a self-report inventory developed over 7 years with approximately 1800 parents and teens from around the country sharing their attitudes about parenting a teen and about being a teen. Parents and teens participating in the field testing responded to 200 items describing their beliefs. Item analyses selected the statistically best items narrowing the item field to 40. The significant differences between the two populations clearly details just how different teens and parents can be regarding adolescence as a dynamic period of development.

The PARTI gathers the attitudes about parenting a teen and being a teen in five major construct areas: 1. Teen stages of psycho-social development; 2. Giving and showing respect and dignity; 3. Parents and teens working together in establishing discipline; 4. Teens roles and responsibilities within the family; 5. Empowering teens to make healthy choices.

Responses to the PARTI allow both parents and teens to identify the areas they agree and disagree. Along with teaching both parents and teens how to communicate respectfully, utilizing negotiation and compromise can lead to solutions to issues that satisfies both the teens and parents.

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The Parenting Attitudes about Raising Teenagers Inventory (PARTI 1.0) is an easy to administer inventory that promotes healthy teen and parent relationships.

Learn more about the PARTI-1.0


The Nurturing Skills Competency Scales (NSCS 3.1) is a collection of six recently released age and program related scales that provide a comprehensive profile of the families you are working with. The long version of the NSCS meets the requirements for state and federal government related requests for a comprehensive profile of the families receiving services.

Learn more about the NSCS-3.1


The Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2.5) has been recognized as the most frequently administered parenting inventory with over 2 million administrations during the past 35 years.

Learn more about the AAPI-2.5