NCAST Programs - Promoting Nurturing Environments for Young Children

Personal Environment Assessments (PEAs)

What are the Personal Environment Assessments (PEA's)?

  • Useful tools which allow systematic assessment of the family's environment.
  • Proven valid and reliable measures by researchers at the University of Washington who tested methods of assessment for early identification and subsequent intervention. 
  • The PEA's which include the Difficult Life Circumstances, Community Life Skills Scale and the Network Survey are excellent as pre and post-treatment measures in research and practice.

How do the Personal Environment Assessments benefit the parent-child relationship?

  • The PEA's provide a unique set of "windows" for assessing the family and developing strategies for intervention.
  • Information from these tools helps in assisting families with challenges they might be facing, the components of their supportive network and their utilization of community resources.

Who should use the Personal Environment Assessments?

  • The assessments are designed for all levels of professionals and paraprofessionals working in the community and have had wide use in clinical practice and research studies. They are useful in many types of settings including the home, clinic, hospital, and with all age groups.

Research related to the Difficult Life Circumstances scale . . . 



Community Life Skills Pad & Manual

Community Life Skills Pad & Manual


Product ID: CLS-SET

The CLS is a 33-item yes/no scale that you can use to assess your client's use of community resources and their ability to negotiate for self and family in the community. The 33 items cover six major categories.

  • Transportation
  • Budgeting
  • Support Services
  • Support Involvement
  • Interests-Hobbies
  • Regularity-Organization-Routines

You will find the CLS useful for gathering baseline and outcome data about your clients' use of community resources, identifying strengths and needs, facilitating mutual goal setting, and evaluating change as a result of intervention. The CLS was updated in 2010 to reflect current information and technology.This assessment is administered as an interview.  (100/Pad)



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Community Life Scale (CLS)

Community Life Scale (CLS)


Product ID: CLS

The CLS scale is a 33-item Yes/No scale that you can use to assess your client's use of community resources and their ability to negotiate for self and family in the community. A manual is required to administer this scale. (100/pad)



Price: $22.00

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Community Life Skills (Spanish)

Community Life Skills (Spanish)


Product ID: CLSS

The CLS scale is a 33-item Yes/No scale that you can use to assess your client's use of community resources and their ability to negotiate for self and family in the community. A manual is required to administer this scale.  - SPANISH version (100/pad)



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Community Life Skills Manual

Community Life Skills Manual


Product ID: CLSM

The Community Life Skills Manual contains information on the background, how to use the CLS scale and interpret scores and a standardized description of each item in the inventory.



Price: $8.00

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Difficult Life Circumstances Pad & Manual

Difficult Life Circumstances Pad & Manual


Product ID: DLC-SET

The Difficult Life Circumstances scale (DLC) is a 28 item Yes/No assessment that evaluates the existence of stressors or chronic challenges in families. It is designed as a self-report instrument, with responses to the questions coming from the perception of the client, not from the observation of others. This tool is unique in asking important, sensitive questions about substance abuse and physical abuse of self or a child without placing blame. You will be alerted to issues of concern in the environment. The scale can be administered as an interview also. (100/pad)



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Difficult Life Circumstances Scale (DLC)

Difficult Life Circumstances Scale (DLC)


Product ID: DLC

The Difficult Life Circumstances is a 28-item yes/no scale that assesses the existence of stressors or chronic problems in families.  It can be administered as a self-report instrument or interview. (100/Pad)



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Difficult Life Circumstances (Spanish)

Difficult Life Circumstances (Spanish)


Product ID: DLCS

The Difficult Life Circumstances is a 28-item yes/no scale that assesses the existence of stressors or chronic problems in families. It can be administered as a self-report instrument or interview.   SPANISH Version (100/pad)



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Difficult Life Circumstances Manual

Difficult Life Circumstances Manual


Product ID: DLCM

The Difficult Life Circumstances Manual provides background material, suggestions for use in clinical and research settings, and information on how to interpret the scores.



Price: $8.00

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Network Survey & Manual

Network Survey & Manual


Product ID: NET-SET

The Network Survey lets you look at the amount and quality of both the personal (family, friends, neighbors, co-workers) and professional (agencies, self-help groups, etc) support available to your client. The Network Survey goes beyond simply gathering information and examines the type, amount and quality of supportive people in one's network to include degree of helpfulness.



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Network Survey Pad

Network Survey Pad


Product ID: NET

The Network Survey lets you examine the amount and quality of both the personal  and professional support available to your client. It is also useful as a teaching tool, helping people become aware of the importance of their social network and ways to network resources for managing stressful events in their lives.



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