CUIDA. QUESTIONNAIRE FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF CANDIDATES FOR ADOPTIVE PARENTS, LEGAL GUARDIANS AND MEDIATORS

Authors:
F.A. Bermejo, I. Estevez, M. I. Garcia, E. Garcia-Rubio, L. Lapastora, P. Letamendia, J. C. Parra, A. Polo, M. J. Sueiro, F. Velazquez de Castro
Polish normalization and handbook:
Aleksandra Jaworowska
Age:
Adults
Test users:
Psychologists (psychology diploma required)
Test category:
C – for psychologists only

CUIDA questionnaire is designed to rate candidates for adoptive parents, guardians, foster-parents, and mediators. The questionnaire allows to assess personality variables, parenting styles, and a person's ability to provide care for a biological child, an adopted child, a child in a foster family or  in child-care institution. It is also designed to measure an ability to take care of dependent persons such as the elderly, ill or disabled.

Description: CUIDA includes 175 items which assess affective, cognitive and social variables related to the ability to create care relationships. Scores are caluclated in 14 basic scales: Altruism, Openness, Assertivenes, Self-evaluation, Problem-Solving Ability, Empathy, Emotional Stability, Independence, Flexibility, Reflectiveness, Sociability, Frustration Tolerance, Ability to Create Emotional Ties, Ability to Cope with Loss. CUIDA also includes an additional scale of Aggresivity as well as three second-order scales (Responsible Care, Emotional Care, and Sensitivity to Others) and three control scales (Social Approval, Inattentiveness, and Response Incoherence).

Reliability: CUIDA reliability evaluated by the internal coherence coeffiicients proves satisfactory for most of the scales – values 0,80 or higher confirm that the scales can be used in individual assessment. The scores stability is also high – correlations between test and retest scores for all scales are (with one exception) above 0,8.

Validity:  There are significant correlations between scores of CUIDA scales and scales measuring parental attitudes (SPR), factor ACL scores which measure similar personality constructs and scales of BIP inventory assessing features important from the point of view of professional performance. These data confirm theoretical validity of CUIDA questionnaire. What increases its diagnostic validity is the fact that dysfunctional parents get lower scores in the scales than parents whose behaviour qua parents does not betray any abnormalities.

Norms: The sten norms were developped for both the general adult population aged 20-59 and for candidates for adoptive parents. The analyses conducted show that the former should be applied when the questionnaire is administered in the neutral environment (scientific research, development) and the latter when the questionnaire is used in the assessment context related to opinion-giving, selection or recruitment.

Application: Both in assessment and in scientific research
       
Materials:

  • Complete set (handbook, sheets with instruction (25 cop.), answer sheets (25 cop.), score sheets (25 cop.), keys (17 cop.)
  • Handbook
  • Sheets with instruction
  • Answer sheets
  • Score sheets
  • Keys
Please note: All of our tests are published in Polish. There are not available other language versions of our tools.

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