Caregiver Interaction Scale

The Caregiver Interaction Scale (CIS) is an instrument that measures parent and caregiver behaviors and interactions with children. The instrument consists of 26 items focused on sensitivity, harshness, detachment, and permissiveness. CIS was created in 1989 at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and used in the evaluation of North Carolina’s Smart Start Initiative.

Content

Domains
Parent support,
Emotional support,
Sensitivity,
Cognitive,
Physical,
Social,
Affection,
Responsiveness,
Encouragement,
Positive Involvement,
Adult Involvement,
Child Involvement,
Positive Discipline,
Supervision,
Control,
Mother Responsiveness,
Infants
Languages
English

Access and Use

Open Access
Yes
Use in Research

Eckhardt, A. G., & Egert, F. (2018). Differences in childcare quality–a matter of personality traits, socialization goals and pre-service curriculum? Early Child Development and Care188(12), 1726-1737. https://doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2016.1278372

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring
Psychometric References

Colwell, N., Gordon, R. A., Fujimoto, K., Kaestner, R., & Korenman, S. (2013). New evidence on the validity of the Arnett Caregiver Interaction Scale: Results from the early childhood longitudinal study-birth cohort. Early Childhood Research Quarterly28(2), 218-233. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecresq.2012.12.004