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typed, double spaced, 1 inch margins
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Models/Assignments for Analysis of Families
1. Discuss and analyze the impact of a stressor/crisis on your family system (or another family system that you know well) using the Double ABCX Model. Identify and describe the factors that contributed to the familyís bonadaptation or maladaptation.
Briefly describe the context in which the stressor/crisis emerged.
2. Complete the Family Rating Scale on the three dimensions of
cohesion, flexibility, and communication (for 3 points in time during
your family life cycle. Plot the ratings on cohesion and flexibility on
the Family Circumplex Model.
What was it like to live in your family system?
How did it change over the years? What were the factors that
In what ways (related to cohesion and adaptability) was your
family satisfying and frustrating?
Did your family change on the circumplex model during times of
high stress? Explain. Describe. Give examples.
If you are dating someone, are engaged or married, you and your
partner complete the Family Rating Scale twice. Each of you are
to answer the questions in two ways -- in relationship to your
family of origin and in terms of your concept of the ideal
marriage. Compare your partnerís scores with your scores.
Discuss similarities and differences.
3. Complete the McMaster Family Assessment Device (available
from the instructor or teaching assistant). Ask at least one other
family member to also complete the questionnaire. Compare and
contrast the two scores/perceptions of family functioning. To what
do you attribute the similar/different perceptions and scores?
Include a discussion of your shared and nonshared environments,
4. Complete the Self-Report Inventory (Beavers Systems Model) on
page 101 of your text . Ask at least one other family member to
also complete the questionnaire. Compare and contrast the two
scores/perceptions of family functioning and style. To what do you
attribute the similar/different perceptions and scores? Include a
discussion of your shared and nonshared environments, etc.
Note: For # 3 and 4, see the teaching assistant for help with
scoring and interpretation of the scales.