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Parent -- Child Relationship Inventory (PCRI)
The Parent-Child Relationship Inventory (PCRI) assesses parents' attitudes toward parenting and toward their children. The PCRI is a 78 item, self report questionnaire that is administered individually. The items measure a wide range of parenting dispositions and behaviors. Some of the items present general attitudes toward being a parent, and others are intended to illicit responses specific to a parent's relationship with a particular child. All of the items have a Likert-type response format. The PCRI consists of seven content scales and two validity indicators. Published by Western Psychological Services. PORTAL.WPSPUBLISH.COM

Parenting Stress Index (PSI)
The Parenting Stress Index (PSI) is a measure to assess stressful facets of the parent-child system. The PSI is used for parents of children ranging in age from 1 month to 12 years. The PSI consists of two different domains: Parent and Child. On these two domains are several subdomains that help determine the specific areas that are most or least stressful for the parent. A total stress score is supplied as well and a life stressor scale. Published by Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. WWW.PARINC.COM

Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Third Edition (PPVT-III)
The Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test, Third Edition (PPVT-III) is an individually administered, untimed, norm-referenced, wide-range test available in two parallel forms. Each item consists of four black and white illustrations. The test taker selects the picture that best represents the meaning of a stimulus word presented orally. The test is designed for persons 2 1/2 to 90 + years. It serves as an achievement test of receptive (hearing) vocabulary for Standard English and as a screening test of verbal ability. Published by American Guidance Service, Inc. AGS.PEARSONASSESSMENTS.COM

Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI)
The Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI) is a self-administered, objective inventory of adult personality designed to provide information on critical clinical variables. The PAI contains 344 items which comprise 22 nonoverlapping full scales: 4 validity scales, 11 clinical scales, 5 treatment scales, and 2 interpersonal scales. Ten of the full scales contain conceptually derived subscales designed to facilitate interpretation and coverage of the full breadth of complex clinical constructs. Published by Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. WWW.PARINC.COM

Pier's Harris Self Concept Scale -- Second Edition
(PH-2)

The Pier's Harris Self Concept Scale -- second edition (PH-2) is a measurement of children's personal self-worth. Children answer statements related to their view of themselves in regard to the world around them. There are several subscales including popularity, happiness and satisfaction, freedom from anxiety, intellectual and school status, physical appearance, and behavioral adjustment. Validity scales are also included to track inconsistencies and possible response bias. Published by Western Psychological Services. PORTAL.WPSPUBLISH.COM

Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale (RCMAS)
The Revised Children's Manifest Anxiety Scale (RCMAS) is a widely used measurement of a child's overall anxiety. Other subscales include physiological anxiety, worry/oversensitivity, and social concerns/concentration. There is a lie scale to evaluate a child's willingness to admit flaws. Published by Western Psychological Services. PORTAL.WPSPUBLISH.COM

Reyes Fifteen Item Malingering Test
The Reyes Fifteen Item Malingering Test is a visual memory test that average adults can perform with little difficulty. If less than 9 out of 15 items are recalled, malingering may be suspected.

Rotter Incomplete Sentence Blank (RISB)
The Rotter Incomplete Sentences Blank-Adult Form (RISB) is normally used as an indicator of primary adjustment. It contains 40 sentence stems that are to be finished with an individual's own feelings or thoughts. Published by The Psychological Corporation. WWW.PSYCHCORP.COM

Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS)
The Structured Interview of Reported Symptoms (SIRS) is administered to systematically detect distortions and over emphasis on the individual's self report of psychological symptoms. The SIRS consists of eight primary and five supplementary scales for the assessment of feigning, including a scale to assess defensiveness. The content of each scale varies so that endorsement of items on a particular scale does not reflect any specific mental disorder. Published by Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. WWW.PARINC.COM

Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM)
The Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) provides a systematic method to assist in discriminating between memory-impaired patients and malingerers. The TOMM is a 50-item recognition test for adults that include two learning trials and a retention trial. A low score may be indicative of malingering. Published by Multi-Health Systems, Inc. WWW.MHS.COM

Trail Making Test
The Trail Making Test, Parts A & B, is a visual task requiring alternating numerical and alphabetical sequencing abilities, nonverbal reasoning ability, task persistence, planning ability and attention/concentration. This particular test is sensitive to cortical deficit and the pattern of errors committed is often typical of frontal lobe impairment, among other organic diagnoses.

Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC)
The Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC) is a self report measure of posttraumatic distress and related psychological symptomatology. The TSCC is used in the evaluation of children who have experienced traumatic events, including childhood physical and sexual abuse, victimization by peers, major losses, the witnessing of violence done to others, and natural disasters. The TSCC consists of 54 items that yield two validity scales, six clinical scales, and eight critical items. The TSCC is appropriate for male and female children, ages 8 through 16 years. Published by Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc. WWW.PARINC.COM