Family Communication Patterns Scale
McLoad, Jack M., Atkin, Charles K, and Chaffee, Steven H. (1972). Public Domain, U.S. Government Publication. Page 284. Full citation below.

 

Family communication patterns: (mother and child): "Now I would like to read a list of things parents sometimes say to their children. How often do (your parents, you) say these things to (you, him)? For each item, so (they, you) say it often, sometimes, rarely, or never."

 

Socio-orientation items:

 

Say that (their, your) ideas are correct, and (you, he) shouldn't argue with them (1969 and 1970)

Answer (your, their) arguments by saying, "You'll know better when you row up." (1969 and 1970)

Say that (you, he) should give in on arguments, rather than risk making people angry. (1969 and 1970)

Say that are some things that just shouldn't be talked about. (1969 and 1970)

 

Concept-orientation items:

 

Say that (you, he) should always look at both sides on an issue. (1969 and 1970)

Say that getting (your, his) opinion when the family is discussing something. (1969 and 1970)

Ask for (your, his) opinion when the family is discussing something. (1969 and 1970)

Say that every member of your family should have some say in family decision.

Admit that kids know more about things that adults do.

 

Scoring—"often" (30, "sometimes" (2), "rarely" (1), "never" (0)

 

McLoad, Jack M., Atkin, Charles K, and Chaffee, Steven H. Adolescents, parents, and television use: Self-report and other-report measures from Wisconsin sample. IN: Television and social behavior; reports and papers. A technical report to the Surgeon General's Scientific Advisory Committee on Television and Social Behavior. Edited by George A. Comstock and Eli A. Rubinstein. Editorial coordination: Susan Lloyd-Jones. Rockville, Md., National Institute of Mental Health; [for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U. S. Govt. Print. Off.,] Washington, 1972. Volume 3, Page 239-313.