This 45-item standardised assessment of parent's attitudes toward parenting was designed to identify troubled parent-child relationships. Scores derived from the PSS allow a clinican or researcher to define, compare and communicate levels of parenting satisfaction in 3 domains:
- Satisfaction with the Spouse/Ex-spouse Parenting Programme
- Satisfaction with the Parent-Child Relationship
- Satisfaction with Parenting.
The PSS has also proven useful in making child custody decisions and in conducting family therapy.