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3rd Edition

Couple and Family Assessment
Contemporary and Cutting‐Edge Strategies

ISBN 9781138484610
Published May 21, 2019 by Routledge
350 Pages

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Book Description

The field of family, child, and couple assessment continues to evolve and change since the first edition of this book appeared in 2004. Couple and Family Assessment, Third Edition, is a thoroughly revised and updated resource for anyone working with children, adolescents, couples, and families. It provides an in-depth description of an even larger number of clinically useful assessment tools and methods, including issue-specific tools, self-report inventories, standardized inventories, qualitative measures, and observational methods.

Each chapter provides strategies for systematically utilizing these various assessment methods and measures with a wide range of family dynamics that influence couples and families. These include couples conflict, divorce, separation, mediation, premarital decisions, parenting conflicts, child abuse, family violence, custody evaluation, and child and adolescent conditions, i.e., depression, anxiety, conduct disorder, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, and learning disorders that can significantly influence family dynamics.

This third edition features the latest, most common and important assessment tools and strategies for addressing problematic clinical issues related to working with families, couples, and children. Chapters 3 through 11 include matrices that summarize pertinent information on all instruments reviewed, allowing readers to instantly compare more than 130 assessment devices. Finally, the book provides extensive clinical case material that illustrates the use of these various assessment tools and strategies in a wide array of clinical situations.

Couple and Family Assessment, Third Edition, will be useful to both trainees and practitioners as a ready reference on assessment measures and strategies for working with families, couples, and children.

Table of Contents

    Preface Len Sperry 1. Choosing Effective Couple and Family Assessment Methods Len Sperry 2. Family Assessment Methods, Family Case Conceptualization, & Treatment Planning Len Sperry 3. Qualitative Assessment Maureen Duffy and Ronald J. Chenail 4. Standardized Assessment Len Sperry 5. Observational Assessment W. Robert Hampson and Robert Beavers 6. Ongoing Assessment Len Sperry 7. Couples Assessment Strategy and Inventories Dennis Bagarozzi and Len Sperry 8. Child and Adolescent Assessment Strategy and Inventories Alexandra Cunningham 9. Parent-Child and Family Assessment Strategy and Inventories Len Sperry 10. Child Custody and Divorce Assessment Strategy and Inventories Sloane E. Veshinski, Christine Sacco-Bene and M. Sylvia Fernandez 11. Child Abuse Assessment Strategy and Inventories Vassilia Binenstzok and Tiffany Viatardis

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Len Sperry, M.D. Ph.D., is Professor of Mental Health Counseling and Director of Clinical Training at Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Family Therapy, founding associate editor of The Family Journal, and editorial board member of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Among his 1000+ publications are eight books on families and couples.


"Encyclopaedic in scope, systematically organized, and reader friendly. This book is a comprehensive and up-to-date review that will definitely be the go-to text for students, practitioners, and researchers seeking assessment measures and strategies for evaluating children, couples, and families."—Gerald R. Weeks, PhD, University of Nevada-Las Vegas

"This new edition offers critically helpful information on well over 100 assessment tools that can help researchers and clinicians alike in their work with children, adolescents, families, and couples. Dr. Sperry and his colleagues continue to provide professionals and students evidence-based and practical help to best insure that clients get the very best service that the profession has to offer. The new edition should be on the desk of everyone working in this field and will likely get worn out quickly before the next edition is published."—Thomas G. Plante, PhD, Santa Clara University and Stanford University School of Medicine

"This important book will surely become, like the first two editions, a core resource for students, practicing clinicians, and family researchers."—Jay Lebow, PhD, Family Institute at Northwestern University