THE McMASTER FAMILY ASSESSMENT DEVICE

Authors

  • Nathan B. Epstein,

    1. Brown University/Butler Hospital
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    • Nathan B. Epstein, MD, is Chairman and Medical Director, Lawrence M. Baldwin, PhD, is Assistant Professor and Director of the Family Research Program, and Duane S. Bishop, MD, is Associate Professor and Clinical Director, Section of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University/Butler Hospital. Address reprint requests to Dr. Epstein, Butler Hospital, 345 Black-stone Blvd., Providence, RI 02906.

  • Lawrence M. Baldwin,

    1. Brown University/Butler Hospital
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  • Duane S. Bishop

    1. Brown University/Butler Hospital
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  • *This work was supported in large part by a grant from the Firestone Foundation. We wish to thank Morton Silverman, PhD, Nancy Cherico, PhD, Lawrence C. Grebstein, PhD, Carl V. Granger, MD and Gary B. Seltzer, PhD, who helped us to find subjects to whom we could give the Family Assessment Device. We also wish to thank Jack Byles, DSW, H. I. J. van der Spuy, PhD, Ian Goodyer, MBBS, and Louis A. Vlok, MA, who helped in constructing the FAD and Catherine Little Bert, MA, who helped in the data analysis.

Abstract

This paper describes the McMaster Family Assessment Device (FAD), a newly developed questionnaire designed to evaluate families according to the McMaster Model of Family Functioning. The FAD is made up of seven scales which measure Problem Solving, Communication, Roles, Affective Responsiveness, Affective Involvement, Behavior Control and General Functioning. The paper describes the procedures used to develop the FAD and presents scale means and scale reliabilities from a sample of 503 individuals.

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