Confusion, Hubbub, and Order Scale (CHAOS)

The CHAOS scale is a questionnaire filled out by parents that is designed to assess the level of confusion and disorganization in the child’s home environment. Age of children not specified, but the assessment appears targeted for homes with infants and toddlers. 


Administration Method
Number of Questions
Creator(s) of Tool
Adam P. Matheny, Jr., Theodore D. Wachs, Jennifer L. Ludwig, and Kay Phillips.

Matheny, A.P., Washs, T. D., Ludwig, J.L., & Philips, K. (1995). Bringing Order Out of Chaos: Psychometric Characteristics of the Confusion, Hubbub, and Order Scale. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 16, pp.429-444.
Scoring / Benchmarking
The statements are scored using a 4-point scoring system. The questionnaire consists of 15 statements, to each of which a parent or caregiver assigns a number between 1 and 4 that correspond to the following: 1 = Very much like your own home; 2 = Somewhat like your own home; 3 = A little bit like your own home; 4 = Not at all like your own home. A single score is derived from the CHAOS questionnaire by summing the responses for the 15 items. A higher score represents characteristics of a more chaotic, disorganized, and hurried home. The higher the score, the more chaotic a home is considered to be.
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