Arnett Caregiver Interaction Scale (CIS)
Level: Teacher-Child Relationship
Type of Tool: Measure
Construct: Caregiver-child relationship
Respondent: Trained observer/trained rater
Length: Approximately 2 hours
Description: Observer-rated measure of caregiver’s behavior in interactions with children, capturing both positive and negative facets, with separate versions based on child age
Subscales: Sensitivity, Harshness, Detachment, and Permissiveness.
Published Psychometrics? Yes
See for example: Colwell, N., Gordon, R. A., Fujimoto, K., Kaestner, R., & Korenman, S. (2013). New evidence on the validity of the Arnett Caregiver Interaction Scale: Results from the early childhood longitudinal study-birth cohort. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28(2), 218-233.
Citation for Tool: Arnett, J. (1989). Caregivers in day-care centers: Does training matter? Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology. 10(4):541–552. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0193-3973(89)90026-9.