Development of the Child Interpersonal Relationships and Attitudes Assessment (CIRAA)

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International Journal of Play Therapy

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The purpose of this study was to develop a parent report instrument congruent with child-centered play therapy (CCPT) philosophy with acceptable levels of construct validity, reliability, and sensitivity to clinical attitudes, and responsiveness to intervention. The instrument in development, the Child Interpersonal Relationships and Attitudes Assessment (CIRAA), and the Child Behavior Checklist (CBC) and the Parenting Stress Index (PSI) were administered to 136 parents of children aged 3 to 10. The children of the parents in the sample consisted of 90 males and 46 females. Exploratory factor analysis was conducted for construct validity. The factor solution explained 53.86% of the variance. Cronbach' s alpha was conducted for total scale and all subscales. Reliability coefficients for total and subscale scores were acceptable, with an overall reliability coefficient of .93. A Pearson' s r was conducted for concurrent validity between the instrument, the CBC, and the PSI, with Pearsons' r of .75 and .74, respectively. Paired-sample t tests using the pre- and posttest scores of the CIRAA examined the responsiveness of the instrument to play therapy intervention at the same level as the CBC and PSI. ROC curve analysis indicated acceptable discrimination of clinical scores and adaptive scores, with a clinical score being generated from the analysis. It is the first parent-report form developed for CCPT, and provides an efficient, philosophically consistent instrument for CCPT practitioners to use in clinical and research applications. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)