Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS)

The Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS) is a system that assesses parent-child interactions. The instrument can be used to measure ongoing progress as well as pre- and post-treatment outcomes. The DPICS can be completed in under an hour without video equipment.

Content

Topics
Parent support,
Emotional support,
Sensitivity,
Cognitive,
Physical,
Social,
Affection,
Responsiveness,
Encouragement,
Positive Involvement,
Adult Involvement,
Child Involvement,
Positive Discipline,
Supervision,
Control,
Mother Responsiveness,
Infants
Not specified
Languages
English

Administration Information

Length
5 minute intervals
Price

Free: Eyberg, Sheila, and Elizabeth Robinson. 1981. “DYADIC PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION CODING SYSTEM: A MANUAL.” University of Washington: The Parenting Clinic. http://www.incredibleyears.com/download/research/dpics-manual.pdf.

Administration
Observation

Access and Use

Open Access
Yes
Peer-Reviewed Study Citations

Leung, Cynthia, Sandra Tsang, Tammy C. S. Sin, and Siu-yan Choi. 2015. “The Efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with Chinese Families: Randomized Controlled Trial.” Research on Social Work Practice 25 (1): 117–28. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731513519827.

Hupp, Stephen D. A., David Reitman, Gregory E. Everett, Keith D. Allen, and Mary Lou Kelley. 2011. “Measuring Change during Behavioral Parent Training Using the Parent Instruction-Giving Game with Youngsters (PIGGY): A Clinical Replication.” Child & Family Behavior Therapy 33 (4): 289–98. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317107.2011.623091.

McCabe, Kristen, May Yeh, Anna Lau, Carolina Bertely Argote, and June Liang. 2010. “Parent-Child Interactions among Low-Income Mexican American Parents and Preschoolers: Do Clinic-Referred Families Differ from Nonreferred Families?” Behavior Therapy 41 (1): 82–92. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2009.01.003.

Sheeber, Lisa B., John R. Seeley, Edward G. Feil, Betsy Davis, Erik Sorensen, Derek B. Kosty, and Peter M. Lewinsohn. 2012. “Development and Pilot Evaluation of an Internet-Facilitated Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Maternal Depression.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 80 (5): 739–49. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0028820.

Hakman, Melissa, Mark Chaffin, Beverly Funderburk, and Jane F. Silovsky. 2009. “Change Trajectories for Parent-Child Interaction Sequences during Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Child Physical Abuse.” Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal 33 (7): 461–70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2008.08.003.

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring
Psychometric Citations

Eyberg, Sheila, and Elizabeth Robinson. 1981. “DYADIC PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION CODING SYSTEM: A MANUAL.” University of Washington: The Parenting Clinic. http://www.incredibleyears.com/download/research/dpics-manual.pdf.

Bessmer, Janet Leah. 1998. “The Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System II (DPICS II): Reliability and Validity.” US: ProQuest Information & Learning.

Robinson, Elizabeth A., and Sheila M. Eyberg. 1981. “The Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System: Standardization and Validation.” Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 49 (2): 245–50.