Parent Stress Scale

Parent Stress Scale

  • Strongly DisagreeDisagreeUndecidedAgreeStrongly Agree
    I am not very happy in my role as a parent.
    I cannot honestly say that there is little or nothing I wouldn't do for my child(ren) if it was necessary.
    Caring for my child(ren) sometimes takes more time and energy than I have to give.
    I sometimes worry whether I am doing enough for my child(ren).
    I do not feel close to my child(ren).
    I do not enjoy spending time with my child(ren).
    My child(ren) are not an important source of affection for me.
    Having child(ren) does not give me a more certain and optimistic view for the future.
    A major source of stress in my life is my child(ren).
    Having child(ren) has been a financial burden.
    It is difficult to balance different responsibilities because of my child(ren).
    The behavior of my child(ren) is often embarrassing or stressful to me.
    If I had it to do over again, I might decide not to have child(ren).
    I feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of being a parent.
    Having child(ren) has meant having too few choices and too little control over my life.
    I am not satisfied as a parent.
    I do not find my child(ren) enjoyable.

Respite care was a helpful way for my husband and me to ease ourselves into the role of foster parents. We were also happy to provide some necessary rest to another family. – COBYS Resource Parent Laura