Children’s Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale (CPIC)

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Author of Tool: 

Fincham, F.D.

Key references: 

Grych, J.H., Seid, M. , & Fincham, F.D. (1992). Assessing marital conflict from the child’s perspective: The Children’s Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale. Child Development, 63, 558-572. Bickham NL, Fiese BH. (1997). Extension of the children’s perceptions of interparental conflict scale for use with late adolescents. Journal of Family Psychology, 11, 246-250.Moura, O., Santos, R. A., Rocha, M., & Matos, P. M. (2010). Children’s Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale (CPIC): Factor structure and invariance across adolescents and emerging adults. International Journal of Testing, 10, 364-382.

Primary use / Purpose: 

Assesses marital conflict from the children’s prespective


Guided by Grych and Fincham’s theoretical framework for investigating the relation between interparental conflict and child adjustment, The Children’s Perception of Interparental Conflict Scale (CPIC) was developed to assess children’s views of several aspects of marital conflict.


Three factor analytically derived subscales (conflict properties, threat, self-blame) demonstrated acceptable levels of internal consistency and test-retest reliability. The validity of the Conflict Properties scale was supported by significant relations with parent reports of conflict and indices of child adjustment; the Threat and Self-Blame scales correlated with children’s responses to specific conflict vignettes. The CPIC thus appears to be a promising instrument for assessing perceived marital conflict



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