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Stage of Change Scale - Home Visitor/Family Form




The Stage of Change Scale is a simple rating form that consists of 6 items assessing parent/caregiver readiness to change their child care practices or other personal goals. The scale is based on the Transtheoretical Model of Change, a framework developed in the field of behavioral health and endorsed by the National Institutes of Health.
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Stage of Change Scale items measure:
  • Intention to change
  • Awareness of a need for change
  • Seeking information
  • Awareness of effects of behavior on children
  • Confidence in overcoming obstacles to change
  • Social support
Administration: Home visitors working with families (one form per family)

Scannable paper forms can be returned to Children’s Institute to quickly score and summarize the data you’ve collected. Profiles, percentiles, and reports showing total strengths, needs, and trends are provided where applicable. Pre/post evaluations and data files are also available. If you prefer a web-based application, the COMET® Data Management System provides these instruments along with many other, customized e-instruments and reports. For more information and pricing, visit

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