Child-Parent Relationship Scale (CPRS)

The Child-Parent Relationship Scale (CPRS) is an instrument developed at University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development that assesses parents’ views of their relationship with their child. Created by Dr. Robert Pianta, Ph.D., the instrument consists of 30 items. There is also a short form with 15 items available.



Conflicts; positive aspects of relationships; dependence

3-12 years

Administration information

Not specified

Access and Use

Instrument Use in Peer-Reviewed Studies

Ulutas, Aysegul, and Mehmet Kanak. 2016. “An Analysis of the Mother and Child Education Program’s Effects on the Relationship between Mothers and Their Five- or Six-Year-Old Children.” Journal of Education and Learning 5 (4): 234–44.

Dereli, Esra. 2016. “Prediction of Emotional Understanding and Emotion Regulation Skills of 4-5 Age Group Children with Parent-Child Relations.” Journal of Education and Practice 7 (21): 42–54.

Zhang, Xiao, and Huichang Chen. 2010. “Reciprocal Influences between Parents’ Perceptions of Mother-Child and Father-Child Relationships: A Short-Term Longitudinal Study in Chinese Preschoolers.” Journal of Genetic Psychology 171 (1): 22–34.


Manual scoring
Open Access
Resources on Psychometric Properties

Driscoll, K., & Pianta, R. C. (2011). Mothers' and fathers' perceptions of conflict and closeness in parent-child relationships during early childhood. Journal of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology, (7), 1-24.

Dyer, W. Justin, Rebecca Kaufman, and Jay Fagan. 2017. “Father-Child Closeness and Conflict: Validating Measures for Nonresident Fathers.” Journal of Family Psychology: JFP: Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43) 31 (8): 1074–80.