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Family Assessment

Family Assessment
Tools for Understanding and Intervention

Volume: 33

June 1983 | 119 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This is a practical, easy-to-use guide for pinpointing the strengths and limitations of troubled families. Holman discusses elements crucial to understanding a family--the family as a system, the family and its environment, and the family life cycle. She explains such tested methods for assessing family problems as ecomaps, genograms, family sculpture, the use of observation, and checklists, and shows how family assessment lays the groundwork for effective intervention planning. Helpful features include case studies, exercises, charts, and sample forms. "Excellent case vignettes are given to demonstrate the application of role and systems theory in family assessment. The use of ecomaps, genograms, and family sculptures for collecting subjective and objective data is also effectively presented. Another highlight of the book is the recognition of the impact of divorce and single-parenting on the developmental cycle of a family. A good supplementary text for teaching methods on intervention with families in the field of human services." --Choice "Exceptionally clear, well-organized. . . . The integration of family theory with practice issues and case illustrations is very well done. . . . I believe [Family Assessment] will help make contributions from family theory accessible to child welfare workers in an interesting, informative and useful way." --Mary Ann Jones, Director of Research, Child Welfare League "Adele M. Holman's work is bound to stimulate, enthuse, and make accessible tools of assessment which (if used in the context of wider reading in systems theory) would be rewarding for the novice in this field." --British Journal of Clinical Psychology "The real value of this volume is its usefulness as a training tool, both with undergraduate child welfare staff and with volunteers in child welfare. It brings to life the processes of family assessment and is a volume deserving use by church social workers who are responsible for the work of volunteers and staff in the church's child welfare ministries." --Review and Expositor

The Uses of Family Assessment: Introduction
The Framework for Family Assessment
The Family in Space and Time
Methods of Assessment
Observation and Checklists
Assessing Your Own Capacities to Do Assessment
Relating Assessment to Intervention

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ISBN: 9780803920200