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

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

Administration Information

Length
5 minute intervals

Access and Use

Open Access
Yes
Use in Research

Leung, C., Tsang, S., Heung, K., & Yiu, I. (2009). Effectiveness of Parent—Child interaction therapy (PCIT) among Chinese families. Research on Social Work Practice19(3), 304-313. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731513519827

McCabe, K., Yeh, M., Lau, A., Argote, C. B., & Liang, J. (2010). Parent-child interactions among low-income Mexican American parents and preschoolers: do clinic-referred families differ from nonreferred families? Behavior Therapy41(1), 82-92. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2009.01.003

Sheeber, L. B., Seeley, J. R., Feil, E. G., Davis, B., Sorensen, E., Kosty, D. B., & Lewinsohn, P. M. (2012). Development and pilot evaluation of an Internet-facilitated cognitive-behavioral intervention for maternal depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology80(5), 739. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0028820

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring