Four steps to measure parent efficacy
Practitioners, service providers and researchers are now able to measure a parent’s sense of self-efficacy faster, with the development and validation of a four-item version of the Me as a Parent scale (MaaPs).
Developed by the Parenting Research Centre, the MaaPs is an easy-to-use self-report scale that measures parents’ perceptions within four theoretical sub-traits of parenting self-regulation: self-efﬁcacy, personal agency, self-management and self-sufﬁciency.
Through the validation study, authors Jan Matthews, Christine Millward, Laura Hayes and Catherine Wade found a shorter four-item version of the original 16-item scale was highly effective at measuring parenting outcomes while being more accessible to use.
The four-item version has more focus on parental self-efﬁcacy rather than parenting self-regulation overall and is a useful tool for low-burden efﬁcient measurement of parental self-efﬁcacy.
The scale was originally designed to be used by service providers in an Australian context for clinical and research use, and experience in using the long-form MaaPs for program evaluation has already demonstrated the usefulness of this tool.