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Parenting Alliance Measure

Richard R. Abidin, EdD, and Timothy R. Konold, PhD

Measures the strength of the child-rearing alliance between parents
Paper and pencil, E-Manual
Age range:
18 years to 99 years
10 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

The PAM assesses the parenting aspects of a couple’s relationship and provides you with each parent’s perception of the strength of their parenting alliance—how cooperative, communicative, and mutually respectful they are with regard to caring for their children.

  • Appropriate for a variety of parenting partners (married, divorced, unmarried, and more) for parents of children ages 1 to 19 years.
  • Useful as a screening and diagnostic instrument for family counseling, joint custody evaluations, identification of dysfunctional parenting skills, and assessing the impact of intervention.
  • The PAM contains 20 items that are written at a 3rd-grade reading level.
  • Standardized on 1,224 parents of children from the general population and a clinical sample of 272 parents of children diagnosed with ADHD, CD, ODD, or other problems.
  • Internal consistency of .97; test-retest reliability has been measured at .80.