Family scales are assessment tools that rely on family members’ self-reports, and occasionally on clinical observations, to examine the general, dyadic, or triadic relationships among family members, as well as the overall functioning level of the family. Dyadic relationships are the interactions between two people in the family, and triadic relationships are the interactions among three people in the family. This entry discusses three of the most widely used models of assessing family relationships and functioning, all of them based on empirical research: the Beavers systems model, the circumplex model, and the McMaster model of family functioning. Each description of the model and its scales briefly includes the background of the model or scale, as well as instructions on how practitioners use, score, and plot ...

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