Family system assessment

Family system assessment





Family system assessment

Marital and family systems model exists in three dimensions namely: communication, cohesion and flexibility. Its main hypothesis is that systems of the family and balanced couple have a habit of being functional compared to systems that are unbalanced in nature. Using FACES in over 200 studies as a measure of liner, this hypothesis has acquired strong support. When using a clinical rating scale in several studies, a curvilinear measure, supports of the hypothesis exists (Rada & Olson 2016). The two assessment tools have been designed to do research based on the families and couples’ treatment plan and assessment in the clinic.

An emotional bond that exists between members of a family is what defines family cohesion. By the use of the Circumplex model, some variables and concepts that can be used in family cohesion’s measurement and diagnosis are: time, bonding emotionally, recreation, boundaries and friends. Rada & Olson (2016) suggested that, flexibility within the family involves the changes in relationship rules, leadership and relationship’s roles. The focus is on how change versus stability is balance by the systems. The last one is communication and this aids the two dimensions due to its facilitating movement.

The three are applied in the Cortez family as the bond that exist between Paula and her family is not strong. Paula’s parents are not strongly bond to her as her son, who is later taken from her due to her condition. Flexibility in relation to Paula’s family is seen when there is changes in relationship roles, Paula is forced to let Miguel act as a guardian to her sister if by any chance her mother passes (Rada & Olson 2016). The last dimension is family communication which is not performed in the case of Cortez family, Paula is afraid to let her parent know she is pregnant. The three are important when they are fulfilled as they offer good family qualities.


Rada, C., & Olson, D. H. (2016). Circumplex model of marital and family systems (Faces III) in Romania. Annuaire Roumain D’anthropologie53, 11-29.

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