Psychometric Properties of the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System in The Netherlands

Mariëlle E. Abrahamse*, Larissa N. Niec, David T. Solomon, Marianne Junger, Ramón J.L. Lindauer

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The current study explored the psychometric properties of a parent-child interaction observation system, the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS) in the Netherlands. Participants included 31 Dutch mother-child dyads and 86 U.S. mother-child dyads for a community sample (2–7 years; 50% boys). Good one-week test-retest reliability was demonstrated among the Dutch sample. Similarities were found between Dutch and U.S. samples on most interaction codes, but mothers in the U.S. sample used more directive behaviors (e.g., commands) in some situations. Findings suggest that the DPICS is a reliable measure of mother-child interactions in the Dutch population. Cultural issues regarding the use of the DPICS are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-158
Number of pages18
JournalChild and Family Behavior Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 16 Jul 2019


  • Dyadic-parent Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS)
  • observational measures
  • parent management training
  • parent-child interaction
  • parenting
  • n/a OA procedure


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