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Nursing Child Assessment Satellite Training Scale (NCAST)


Access: FREE/Open Access

evaluation focus

Parent-Child Interaction: Teaching

applicable ages

0-36 months; 0-3 years

available language(s)



Must be purchased

additional materials

NCAST – 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.


Domains Assessed:

    • 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.


Available for Purchase: Parent-Child Interaction (PCI) Feeding & Teaching Scales Archives – Parent-Child Relationship Programs (pcrprograms.org)

Source: https://www.pcrprograms.org/parent-child-interaction-pci-feeding-teaching-scales/

supporting literature

Letourneau, 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
Link: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0882596317303524

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
Link: https://research.aota.org/ajot/article-abstract/54/1/44/4361/Assessing-Father-Infant-Interactions-Using-the?redirectedFrom=fulltext

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
Link: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/7885768/

Sumner, G., Spietz, A. (Eds.). (1994). NCAST Caregiver/Parent Child Interaction Teaching Manual. NCAST Publications, University of Washington, School of Nursing.
Link: https://www.worldcat.org/title/ncast-caregiverparent-child-interaction-teaching-manual/oclc/36197690