Parental Authority Questionnaire
For each of the following statements, circle the number of the 5-
point scale (1 =
, 5 =
) that best describes how
that statement applies to you and your mother. Try to read and think about each
statement as it applies to you and your mother during your years of growing up
at home. There are no right or wrong answers, so don’t spend a lot of time on
any one item. We are looking for your overall impression regarding each
statement. Be sure not to omit any items.
1 = Strongly disagree 2 = Disagree 3 = Neither agree nor disagree 4 = Agree 5
= Strongly Agree Description: The PAQ is designed to measure parental
authority, or disciplinary practices, from the point of view of the child (of any
age). The PAQ has three subscales: permissive (P: items 1, 6, 10, 13, 14, 17,
19, 21, 24 and 28), authoritarian (A: items 2, 3, 7, 9, 12, 16, 18, 25, 26 and 29),
and authoritative/flexible (F: items 4, 5, 8, 11, 15, 20, 22, 23, 27, and 30).
Mother and father forms of the assessment are identical except for references to
While I was growing up my mother felt that in a well-run home
the children should have their way in the family as often as the
1 2 3 4 5
Even if her children didn’t agree with her, my mother felt that it
was for our own good if we were forced to conform to what she
thought was right.
1 2 3 4 5