The Parenting Stress Index, Fourth Edition (PSI-4) is designed to evaluate the magnitude of stress in the parent-child system. It is a 120-item inventory that focuses on three major domains of stress: child characteristics, parent characteristics, and situational/demographic life stress.
Two domains, Child and Parent, combine to form the Total Stress scale. The Life Stress scale provides information about the amount of parent stress caused by factors outside the parent-child relationship.
Within the Child Domain, six subscales (Distractibility/Hyperactivity, Adaptability, Reinforces Parent, Demandingness, Mood, and Acceptability) evaluate sources of stress as gathered from the parent's report of child characteristics.
Within the Parent Domain, seven subscales (Competence, Isolation, Attachment, Health, Role Restriction, Depression, and Spouse/Parenting Partner Relationship) measure sources of stress related to parent characteristics.
The PSI-4 can be administered and scored by hand, via scoring software, or online (PARiConnect).
The PSI-4 Profile Form allows the examiner to graph each respondent's percentile/T-score profile. It provides a visual representation of results, aiding in interpretation.
The relevant information for converting raw scores to percentiles and T scores can be found in the PSI-4 Professional Manual.