evaluation focusParent-Child Interaction: Teaching
applicable ages0-36 months; 0-3 years
availabilityMust be purchased
additional materialsNCAST – Sample
The Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training (NCAST) Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Teaching Scale is an instrument that can be used to measure parent-child interaction in a teaching situation (also available for measuring interaction feeding situations). Pre and post measures can be used by researchers and clinicians to assess intervention effects and aid in improving parent-child relationships. Training is required to administer these tests.
- Sensitivity to cues
- Response to child’s distress
- Social-emotional growth fostering
- Cognitive growth fostering
Administration Format: observe and document of parent-child interaction using instrument form
Reliability (Summer 1994): acceptable internal consistence and test-retest levels
Validity (Summer 1994): scores correlate with other known measures of child development and indicate moderate predictive validity in typically developing infants.
supporting literatureLetourneau, N.L., et al. (2018) Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training Parent-Child Interaction Scales: Comparing American and Canadian Normative and High-Risk Samples. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 40, 47-57.
PDF: NCAST – 1 – Letourneau 2018
Nakamura, W.M., Stewart, K.B., Tatarka, M.E. (2000) Assessing Father-Infant Interactions Using the NCAST Teaching Scale: A Pilot Study. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 54(1), 44-51.
PDF: NCAST – 2 – Nakamura 2000
MacDonald-Clark, N.J., Harney-Boffman, J.L. (1994) Using NCAST and the HOME with a Minority Population: The Alaska Eskimos. Pediatric Nursing, 20(5), 481-489, 516.
PDF: NCAST – 3 – MacDonald-Clark 1994
Sumner, G., Spietz, A. (Eds.). (1994). NCAST Caregiver/Parent Child Interaction Teaching Manual. NCAST Publications, University of Washington, School of Nursing.
referenced articlesShifting Parental Beliefs About Child Development to Foster Parental Investments and Improve School Readiness Outcomes
What Parents Know Matters: Parental Knowledge at Birth Predicts Caregiving Behaviors at 9 Months