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Factor structure of the parenting sense of competence scale using a normative sample


Gilmore, L and Cuskelly, M, Factor structure of the parenting sense of competence scale using a normative sample, Child: Care, Health and Development, 53, (1) pp. 48-55. ISSN 1365-2214 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1365-2214.2008.00867.x


BackgroundThe Parenting Sense of Competence (PSOC) scale is a commonly used measure of parental self‐efficacy. Previous investigations of the factor structure of this instrument have been unsatisfactory and there is no adequate normative group against which at‐risk groups can be compared.

MethodsA non‐clinical sample of 586 mothers and 615 fathers completed the PSOC.

ResultsFactor analysis produced three acceptable factors (Satisfaction, Efficacy, Interest) that accounted for 47.3% and 50.1% of the variance for mothers and fathers respectively. Mothers reported higher efficacy than fathers, and fathers reported greater satisfaction with the parenting role than did mothers.

ConclusionThe PSOC contains three useful factors that reflect satisfaction with the parental role, parenting efficacy and interest in parenting. The paper provides normative data against which at‐risk groups can be compared.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:competence, fathers, mothers, parenting, self-efficacy
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Social work
Research Field:Counselling, wellbeing and community services
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Community services
Objective Field:Families and family services
UTAS Author:Cuskelly, M (Professor Monica Cuskelly)
ID Code:126533
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:142
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-06-15
Last Modified:2018-08-13

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