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date: 22 September 2017

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This chapter provides an historical and theoretical context for the assessment of parenting, including the ways in which the concept of parenting has morphed over time, the ways in which assessment tools have been constructed to capture the complexities of the parent–child relationship, and the ways in which parenting assessment has contributed to basic developmental science and applied intervention/prevention science. The chapter also highlights integral cultural considerations of assessment design, validation, and application by focusing, primarily, on ethnicity. Three questionnaire tools and three observational coding schemes are explored in detail. The impact of parenting relationships and parental physical and mental illness are addressed, with implications for assessment noted. Finally, a summary of the literature provides potential avenues for future research.

Keywords: parenting practices, parenting behaviors, parenting style, child behavior, coparenting, culture, socioeconomic status, parental illness

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