Parent-Teen Communication about Sexual Risk - PTSRC-III

This is an eight-item subscale of a self-report instrument for measuring the amount of communication about sexual risk and sexual risk reduction occurring between parents and their adolescent children, as reported by the adolescent. It has been tested with older adolescents and young adults.


Administration Method
Number of Questions
Creator(s) of Tool
Complete measurement tool reference:
Hutchinson, M. K. (2007). The Parent-Teen Sexual Risk Communication Scale (PTSRC-III): Instrument Development and Psychometrics. Nursing Research, 56, 1-8. doi:10.1097/00006199-200701000-00001

Adaptation made/subset of questions selected:
Items 5-12 were selected.
Scoring / Benchmarking
Before analyzing data, code answer options as follows:
A little=1
A lot=3

To create a summary score, sum the responses. Possible scores can range from 0 to 32. Higher scores reflect greater parent-child communication about sexual risk.

No benchmarks have been developed for this measure.
Background / Quality
From Hutchinson (2007):
The PTSRC-III provides a valid and reliable measure for assessing female adolescents' perceptions of parent-teen sexual risk communication, particularly with their mothers.

The internal reliability of the scale is excellent (a of >.93 and >.88 for sexual risk communication with mothers and fathers, respectively); test-retest reliability is acceptable (r = .88 and .79 over 2 months for PTSRC with mothers and fathers, respectively).

Other studies that have used this tool:
Hutchinson, M. K., & Cooney, T. M. (1998). Patterns of parent-teen sexual risk communication: Implications for intervention. Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies, 47, 185 – 194.
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