Using the Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (PGQ) as a risk and needs assessment
Puder, Rhett Julian
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The present study is an investigation of the potential utility of a juvenile offender, parent self-report instrument, the Parent/Guardian Questionnaire (PGQ). Based on the ecological model of child development, this instrument is designed to measure several parental constructs related to child behavior problems and delinquency. The PGQ was administered to 151 parents/guardians of youth who had been officially charged with a juvenile offense and/or had been adjudicated by the juvenile court. Statistical analysis was performed to cross-validate the PGQ with other parent and youth report instruments and to investigate the reliability, internal consistency, and validity of the PGQ. Finally, a statistical analysis was conducted to test the predictive validity of the PGQ (i.e., the test’s usefulness as a predictor of future behavior). Collateral evidence of a test©s validity was attained and findings suggested that specific parenting profiles are related to the greater likelihood of recidivism and to specific offenses. Further, support was obtained for the use of the PGQ as an instrument to assess the needs of parents and the extent of the prevention of recidivism.