AdultsCommunity DevelopmentEarly ChildhoodFamily ServicesParentingSupport ServicesToolsParenting Sense of Competence Scale (PSOC)

Author(s): Gibaud-Wallston and Wandersman, 1978

Collection Method: Self-report survey/questionnaire completed by parents

Scoring Method: Uses a 6-point scale with 1 = “Strongly Disagree” and 6 = “Strongly Agree”. Nine items (2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 12, 14, and 16) are reverse coded and should therefore be reverse scored. A higher score indicates a higher parenting sense of competency

Number of questions/statements: 17

Price: Free

Key Points:

Measures parental satisfaction against the following dimensions:

  • Parental role
  • Parenting efficacy
  • Interest in parenting

The PSOC is suitable in supporting the evaluation of parenting programs and can help agencies review the effectiveness of resources they provide to parents and families