The Coparenting Relationship Scale (CRS)


Author of Tool: 

Feinberg, Brown, & Kan

Key references: 

Feinberg, M. E., Brown, L. D., & Kan, M. L. (2012). A multi-domain self-report measure of coparenting. Parenting12, 1-21

Feinberg, M. E. (2003). The internal structure and ecological context of coparenting:  A framework for research and intervention. Parenting: Science and Practice, 3, 95-131.

Primary use / Purpose: 

The CRS was developed to measure coparenting quality.


The Coparenting Relationship Scale (CRS) is based on the conceptual framework of coparenting developed by Feinberg (2003). This framework included four overlapping domains: childrearing agreement, coparental support/undermining, division of labor, and joint management of family dynamics. Feinberg (2003) proposed that coparenting plays a central role in family life and provides essential support and security for parents and children. Research has also found that a relationship exists between coparenting relations and parenting quality. The CRS was designed as a comprehensive self-report measure of the quality of coparenting in a family. It is comprised of 35 items and seven subscales. The subscales are: Coparenting Agreement, Coparenting Closeness, Exposure to Conflict, Coparenting Support, Coparenting Undermining, Endorse Partner Parenting, and Divison of Labor.  The instrument is ideal for further examining the role of coparenting in diverse family contexts.   


Feinberg and colleagues (2012) provide information on the psychometric properties of the instrument.



Microsoft Office document iconThe Coparenting Relationship Scale (includes scoring instructions)

Other Information: 

Other keywords: Coparenting; Parenting; Child; Relationship; Family

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