Parent-Infant Relational Assessment Tool (PIRAT)

The Parent-Infant Relational Assessment Tool (PIRAT) is an observation instrument that rates parent-child interactions for children ages birth to 2 years. The PIRAT measures optimal parental behavior and can be used as a risk assessment by health professionals. The instrument was developed as part of the Parent-Infant Project at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Content

Topics

Infant's seeking of contact; responsiveness to contact; responsiveness to stranger; ability to communicate needs; ability to be comforted; quality of contact; parent's initiation of physical and emotional contact; parent's playfulness in relation to infant; pleasure in parenting; hostility and blame; quality of contact

Ages
Birth-2 years
Languages
English

Administration information

Length
10-15 minutes
Price

Not found

Training
Offers training at the Anna Freud
Qualifications
4 days of training
Administration
Observation

Access and Use

Instrument Use in Peer-Reviewed Studies

Not found

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring
Open Access
No
Resources on Psychometric Properties

Broughton, Carol, and Susanne Hommel. 2014. “The Parent-Infant Relational Assessment Tool (PIRAT).” In . Edinburgh. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267393352_The_Parent-Infant_Re….

Broughton, C. (2010). Measuring trauma in the primary relationship. The parent–infant relational assessment tool. In: Baradon, T. (Ed.), Relational Trauma in Infancy: Psychoanalytic, Attachment and Neuropsychological Contributions to Parent–Infant Psychotherapy. London: Routledge.

P.O. Svanberg, J. Barlow & W. Tigbe (2013) The Parent–Infant Interaction Observation Scale: reliability and validity of a screening tool, Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 31:1, 5-14, DOI: 10.1080/02646838.2012.751586