Assessment of Couples and Families
Contemporary and Cutting-Edge Strategies
Edited by Len Sperry
Routledge – 2004 – 304 pages
Series: Family Therapy and Counseling
Assessment of Couples and Families considers the impact of recent changes on the assessment process and provide practitioners with a review of contemporary techniques and the means by which they can be implemented into practice in conjunction with new reporting inventories and observational methods. These new assessment strategies will be presented collaterally with case material that addresses a specific problem, such as family violence or marital suitability. This unique problem focus will provide practitioners with a handy point of reference to acquaint themselves with modern practice techniques that address issues new to the therapy session while providing a supplement to coursework on assessment.
"This book is right on target and fulfills the lofty and inclusive goals elucidated by the editor in the preface. In the current era which increasingly demands accountability, documentation, and empirically based assessment methods and treatment interventions, this book is extremely timely and highly readable. Sperry merits congratulations for this descriptive and insightful book which is a must-read and refer-to-frequently volume, with contributions by a stellar cast of authors knowledgeable in couple and family assessment and testing. The interchange between L'Abate and the other authors in the final chapter is gutsy and illuminating.
." -- Florence W. Kaslow, Ph.D., ABPP
"This comprehensive cutting-edge volume presents over 100 assessment instruments and techniques including specific measures for child custody and abuse, violence, couple conflict, and intimacy. The student, clinician, and researcher will find that it provides a way to rapidly compare which measure is most appropriate. With the need for greater clinical, financial, and legal accountability, this book will be an indispensable resource. Sperry's book is an essential building block in advancing the field as a science.
." -- Gerald R. Weeks, Ph.D., ABPP, Department of Marriage, Family, and Community Counseling at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas
"The organization is excellent, and every chapter is solid and well written. A particularly useful touch is the listing of assessment instruments in table form, included in each of the chapters on specific applications. The tables together with the comprehensive coverage of issues and methods make this a reference we will all want to keep handy on the shelf. Many of the chapters cover a dizzying range of possible assessments, leaving the reader wanting more discussion of how to make choices between them or between types of assessment strategies. But it is not a bad thing for a book on such a topic as this to leave the reader interested, curious and wanting to learn more. Our search is now over, as this book does an excellent job of filling the gap. I would consider it required reading for all marriage and family therapy educators, as well as researchers and clinicians. Highly recommended." -- Anne Rambo/ Nova Southeastern University
Contributors. Series Foreword. Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgements. Part I: Basic Considerations and Models. Sperry, Assessment of Couples and Families: An Introduction and Overview. Bray , Models and Issues in Couple and Family Assessment. Part II: General Strategies. Duffy, Chenail, Qualitative Strategies in Couple and Family Assessment. Nurse, Sperry, Effective Use of Psychological Tests with Couples and Families. Hampson, Beavers, Observational Assessment of Couples and Families. Sperry, Clinical Outcomes Assessment of Couples and Families. Part III: Specific Applications. Bagarozzi, Sperry, Couples Assessment: Strategies and Inventories. Yingling, Child and Family Assessment: Strategies and Inventories. Fernandez, Veshinski, Child Custody and Divorce Assessment: Strategies and Inventories.Friedrich, Olafson, Connelly, Child Abuse and Family Assessment: Strategies and Inventories . Part IV: Postscript and Future Prospects. L'Abate, Couple and Family Assessment: Postscript and Future Prospects. Index.