Parental Overclaiming Questionnaire

On the basis of the Over-Claiming Questionnaire (Paulhus, Harms, Bruce, & Lysy, 2003), we developed the Parental Overclaiming Questionnaire (Brummelman et al., 2014). Parents are presented with 80 terms covering four different topics (i.e., historical events, historical figures, world geography, and literature), taken from The New First Dictionary of Cultural Literacy. Parents estimate their child’s familiarity with each term. However, 20 of these terms are foils—they do not actually exist. By definition, any degree of claimed knowledge of foils indicates overclaiming of the child’s knowledge.

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Brummelman, E., Thomaes, S., Nelemans, S. A., Orobio de Castro, B., & Bushman, B. J. (2015). My child is God’s gift to humanity: Development and validation of the Parental Overvaluation Scale (POS). Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 108, 665–679. doi:10.1037/pspp0000012

Paulhus, D. L., Harms, P. D., Bruce, M. N., & Lysy, D. C. (2003). The over-claiming technique: Measuring bias independent of accuracy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84, 681–693. doi:10.1037/ 0022-3514.84.4.890