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Parent Adolescent Relationship Questionnaire

Arthur Robin, PhD, Thomas Koepke, PhD, and Ann Moye, PhD; Professional Manual by Arthur Robin, PhD, Thomas Koepke, PhD, Ann Moye, PhD, and Rebecca Gerhardstein, PhD

Helps you understand the parent–adolescent relationship
Paper and pencil, E-Manual
Age range:
11 years to 18 years
25-35 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Measure Parent-Adolescent Relationship in Independent Private Practices, Outpatient Clinics, Hospitals, Schools, and Forensic Settings


The PARQ examines the relationships between adolescents and parents and enables you to plan effective treatments through an understanding of the multifaceted adolescent-parent relationship.

Helps you to guide intervention and improve relationships

  • Based in behavioral family systems therapy, the PARQ provides information organized into three domains (Overt Conflict/Skill Deficits, Beliefs, and Family Structure) that can help you determine the best mode of intervention.
  • Allows you to emphasize problem-solving and communication skills, cognitive restructuring of extreme beliefs and distorted thinking, and/or specific problems in family functioning in subsequent interventions.
  • Can be used to monitor the effectiveness of individual and family interventions through periodic readministration; as an outcome measure in treatment effectiveness research; and as a process measure in family interaction, adolescent development, and theoretical research.

Scales assess global distress and conflict in several areas

  • Measures global distress and conflict in the realms of communication, problem solving, school, siblings, and eating behavior; various maladaptive beliefs, including autonomy, ruination, unfairness, perfectionism, and malicious intent, are also assessed.
  • Family structure and functioning items evaluate cohesion, coalitions (side-taking), and triangulation (putting family members in the middle of conflict).
  • Separate forms for adolescents and parents are written at a 5th-grade reading level and in the first person to elicit current thoughts.

Provides an unmatched level of detail

  • Two validity scales and 12 clinical scales assess the parent-adolescent relationship in detail unmatched by other, similar assessments.
  • T scores, percentile ranges, and reliable change scores are provided separately for adolescents, mothers, and fathers.
  • Average profiles are included for ADHD, ODD, anxiety, depression, eating disorder, and spina bifida clinical groups.

Interested in how the PARQ can inform interventions for defiant teens?

Check out Dr. Robin's popular and handy manual, Defiant Teens, Second Edition: A Clinician's Manual for Assessment and Family Intervention, for clinicians who work with challenging teens.