Development of a brief parent-report risk index for children following parental divorce

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This article reports on the development of a brief 15-item parent-report risk index (Child Risk Index for Divorced or Separated Families; CRI-DS) to predict problem outcomes of children who have experienced parental divorce. A series of analyses using 3 data sets were conducted that identified and cross-validated a parsimonious set of items representing parent report of child behavior problems and family level risk and protective factors, each of which contributed to the predictive accuracy of the index. The index predicted child behavior outcomes and substance abuse problems up to 6 years later. The index has acceptable levels of sensitivity and specificity as a screening measure to predict problem outcomes up to 1 year later. The use of the index to identify the need for preventive services is discussed, along with limitations of the study

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)925-936
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Behavior outcomes of children in divorced families
  • Children and divorce
  • Preventive interventions for divorced families
  • Risk index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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