Table 2

Items used to measure parenting dimensions in the Cameroon Family and Health Survey (CFHS)
Dimension Content Measure
PARENT–CHILD CONNECTEDNESS
Quality of parent/child relationships Perception of the quality of relationships with the parent or guardian at each key moment 4-point scale (ranged from 1 = “very good” to 4 = “difficult”)
PARENTAL MONITORING
Monitoring of out-of-home activities Amount of parental knowledge regarding out-of-home activities at each key moment: assessed by how often the parent or guardian asked about these activities 5-point scale (ranged from 1 = “a lot” to 5 = “never”)
Approval of out-of-home activities Level of parental approval regarding out-of-home activities at each key moment: assessed by how often the parent or guardian agreed for these activities 5-point scale (ranged from 1 = “a lot” to 5 = “never”)
PARENT–CHILD COMMUNICATION ON PUBERTY, SEXUALITY, HIV/AIDS, PREGNANCY
4 items (Cronbach’s α was .89 at age 12 and .84 at the time of the survey) Discussion about puberty “Yes” or “No” question
Discussion about general sexual matters “Yes” or “No” question
Discussion about HIV/AIDS prevention “Yes” or “No” question
Discussion about pregnancy prevention “Yes” or “No” question

Notes: Parenting dimensions have been assessed from respondents’ perspective.

The key moments included: age 6, age 12, and the time of survey.

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