Pre-School Activities Inventory

  • Susan Golombok
  • John Rust
For the assessment of gender role behaviour in young children


Publication date:
Completion time:
5 minutes
Age range:
3 years to 6 years
Qualification level:

Product Details

The Pre-School Activities Inventory (PSAI) was developed as a reliable and valid psychometric questionnaire for the assessment of gender role behaviour in preschool children.

Unlike existing tests, it has been designed to discriminate both within and between the sexes so that variation among, as well as between boys and girls can be assessed.

A further advantage is its focus on actual behaviour rather than on preferences; the questionnaire was designed to measure the child's frequency of play with respect to a variety of toys, games, and activities.

As preschool children tend to be unreliable reporters, the PSAI is completed by the child's mother or other caregiver.

The PSAI is a useful research tool that can be applied to a wide range of studies of gender role behaviour in young boys and girls, for example, to investigate developmental changes in gender role behaviour or factors associated with variation in gender role behaviour in boys or girls.

The PSAI allows meaningful comparisons between different groups of children and, by providing normative data, enables individual children to be assessed.

For use by: Academic researchers as a research tool and child psychologists/psychiatrists as a screening instrument.