Factor structure of the parenting sense of competence scale using a normative sample

Gilmore, Linda & Cuskelly, Monica (2009) Factor structure of the parenting sense of competence scale using a normative sample. Child care, health & development, 38(1), pp. 48-55.

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Background The Parenting Sense of Competence (PSOC) scale is a commonly used measure of parental self-efficacy. Previous investigations of the factor structure of this instrument have been unsatisfactory and there is no adequate normative group against which at-risk groups can be compared. Methods A non-clinical sample of 586 mothers and 615 fathers completed the PSOC. Results Factor analysis produced three acceptable factors (Satisfaction, Efficacy, Interest) that accounted for 47.3% and 50.1% of the variance for mothers and fathers, respectively. Mothers reported higher efficacy than fathers, and fathers reported greater satisfaction with the parenting role than did mothers. Conclusions The PSOC contains three useful factors that reflect satisfaction with the parental role, parenting efficacy and interest in parenting. The paper provides normative data against which at-risk groups can be compared.

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ID Code: 17084
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: parenting, competence, self-efficacy, mothers, fathers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2008.00867.x
ISSN: 0305-1862
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 the authors and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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Deposited On: 05 Jan 2009 00:40
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2013 08:18

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