Parent Problem Checklist: measure of parent conflict

Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2009 Mar;43(3):260-9. doi: 10.1080/00048670802653281.


Objective: The purpose of the present study was to validate the psychometric properties of the Parent Problem Checklist (PPC), and to examine the contribution of conflict specific to child-rearing to the prediction of child problems.

Method: The study examined the relationship between marital conflict, parenting conflict and emotional and behavioural problems in children aged 2-16 years, in evaluating the psychometric properties of the PPC in a sample of 200 parents.

Results: Analysis of the PPC indicated good reliability and validity. Findings support the hypothesis that parenting conflict influences children's outcomes more than either general marital conflict or marital satisfaction.

Conclusions: There are a number of implications for clinical practice and understanding the role of parenting conflict in the development of child difficulty.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Affective Symptoms / diagnosis
  • Affective Symptoms / psychology*
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / diagnosis
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology*
  • Child Rearing*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Family Conflict / psychology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parenting / psychology*
  • Personality Assessment / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychometrics / statistics & numerical data
  • Queensland
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk Factors
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*