You are about to take the Epstein Parenting Competencies Inventory (or EPCI). Designed by Dr. Robert Epstein, one of America's most distinguished research psychologists, this is a comprehensive inventory of ten types of skills - "The Parents Ten" - that are important for raising happy, healthy, productive children. The content of the test is based on scientific studies, and the test has been empirically validated with a group of more than 2,000 parents. Higher test scores are associated with better outcomes in child rearing.
Most people are able to complete the test in less than 15 minutes, and there are no right or wrong answers. Just select the response that seems best. After you answer all the questions, you will be given a detailed report that will give you your scores and explain what they mean. This is just the start; once you know your EPCI scores, there are many avenues you might pursue to improve your parenting skills.
NEW! If you are a parent of teens or preteens, you might want to take Dr. Epstein's newest test, the Epstein Teen Parenting Inventory, accessible at TeenParentingSkills.com.
Also available now: If you know a young person who is depressed, angry, or defiant, he or she might be suffering from Extended Childhood Disorder. Find out at ExtendedChildhoodDisorder.com.
Before we get to the inventory itself, we'll ask you a few basic questions about yourself. Demographic information is being collected for research purposes only and will be kept strictly confidential.
To make sure the scoring is accurate, be sure to fill in all the blanks!