Read each item carefully: The CPV-Q consists of 28 items, which are parallel for both fathers and mothers. These items measure different acts of psychological, physical, and financial violence, as well as behaviors demonstrating control and dominance over you the parent.
Consider the past year: Think about the behavior towards you, the parent specifically in the past year while responding to each item. This will help provide an accurate reflection of your child’s actions during that time period.
Use the Likert scale: For each item, indicate how often your child has carried out the behavior described against you, the parent using a Likert scale. The Likert scale ranges from 0 to 4, with the following options:
• 0 (never): Select this option if you have never engaged in the behavior described.
• 1 (rarely = it has occurred once): Choose this option if the behavior has happened only once.
• 2 (sometimes = 2-3 times): Select this option if the behavior has occurred 2 to 3 times.
• 3 (many times = 4-5 times): Choose this option if the behavior has happened 4 to 5 times.
• 4 (very often = 6 times or more): Select this option if the behavior has occurred 6 times or more.
Rate the reasons for aggression: Along with the behaviors, the questionnaire also includes 8 reasons for the aggression towards parents. These reasons are also measured using a Likert scale. Consider the frequency with which these reasons apply to your child’s aggressive behavior and use the Likert scale as follows:
• 0 (never): Select this option if the reason has never applied to your child’s aggression.
• 1 (sometimes): Choose this option if the reason applies to your child’s aggression occasionally.
• 2 (almost always): Select this option if the reason frequently applies to your child’s aggression.
• 3 (always): Choose this option if the reason always applies to your child’s aggression.
After you have completed the questionnaire, the scoring involves analyzing your responses. The scoring provides insights into the frequency and reasons for the aggressive behavior towards you, the parent.
For each item measuring the acts of violence and control, your response on the Likert scale will be tallied. The total score will reflect the overall frequency of aggressive behavior towards you, the parent. Similarly, for the reasons for aggression, your response on the Likert scale will be tallied.
The total score will indicate the extent to which specific reasons contribute to the aggression. Higher scores on the Likert scale indicate more frequent engagement in aggressive behavior or a higher presence of specific reasons for aggression.Analyzing your scores can help professionals and researchers understand the nature and severity of child-to-parent violence and develop appropriate interventions to address the underlying issues. So, it's important to be honest and reflective when responding to each item.
About Your Coach
I’m Laurie Reid, LMFT, MCAP, licensed marriage and family counselor, certified addictions professional, former personnel man in the United States Navy, co-author of the Breaking the Cycle of Child to Parent Violence curriculum, and author of the “Parents’ Guide to Resolving Teen Aggression and Abuse” video program.
In our work with more than 600 families, we have learned that the best way to reduce abuse and violence within the home is not by separating the family, but by collaborating with the parent in a supportive and empowering stance.
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