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Family Assessment

Contemporary and Cutting-Edge Strategies, 2nd Edition

Edited by Len Sperry


340 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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In an era that demands ever-increasing levels of accountability and documentation, Family Assessment is a vital tool for clinicians. It covers more than one hundred assessment methods – both the most widely used strategies as well as those that are more specialized and issue-specific. Techniques and instruments for assessments are summarized concisely in tables and discussed in depth in the chapters, often by the experts who developed the approaches they describe. Each chapter is also supplemented by recommended strategies for utilizing the assessment tools, as well as by case studies and observational method matrices. Readers will find that the second edition of Family Assessment provides the same comprehensive evaluation and thorough analysis as the first edition but with a fully updated focus that will invigorate the work of researchers, educators, and clinicians.


"Family Assessment: Contemporary and Cutting-Edge Strategies should be on the desk of every clinician and researcher engaged in the psychological and behavioral assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, families, and couples. In the age of evidence-based practice it is critical that state-of-the-art assessment tools are used, and Dr. Sperry and his colleagues offer a readable, practical, researched-based and fully updated guide that will sure to keep mental-health professionals on the cutting-edge of professional assessment. This book will make their job easier for sure."

—Thomas G. Plante, PhD, professor of psychology at Santa Clara University and adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine

"Encyclopedic in scope, systematically organized, and reader friendly. This volume will definitely be the go-to text for students, practitioners, and researchers seeking assessment measures and a myriad strategies for evaluating children, couples, and families."

—Gerald R. Weeks, PhD, professor of marriage and family therapy, University of Nevada-Las Vegas and coeditor of Couples in Treatment: Techniques and Approaches for Effective Practice, 3rd Ed

"This important book will surely become, like the first edition, a core resource for students, practicing clinicians, and family researchers."

—From the foreword by Jay Lebow, PhD, Family Institute at Northwestern University

Table of Contents

Sperry, Family Assessment: An Overview. Duffy, Chenail, Qualitative Assessment. Nurse, Sperry, Standardized Assessment. Hampson, Beavers, Observational Assessment. Sperry, Ongoing Assessment. Bagarozzi, Sperry, Couples Assessment Strategy and Inventories. Cunningham, Scott, Child and Adolescent Assessment Strategy and Inventories. Yingling, Parent-Child and Family Assessment Strategy and Inventories. Fernandez, Veshinski, Child Custody and Divorce Assessment Strategy and Inventories. Olafson, Connelly, Child Abuse Assessment Strategy and Inventories. L'Abate, Family Assessment: Current and Future Prospects.

About the Editor

Len Sperry, MD, PhD, is a professor of mental health counseling at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida, and clinical professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. He has some 600 publications, including 62 professional books. He is lead author of Couples Therapy, and is on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Family Therapy, The Family Journal, and the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.

About the Series

Routledge Series on Family Therapy and Counseling

The Family Therapy and Counseling Series is devoted to providing practitioners and students with current information on specific topics relevant to marriage and family therapy, counseling, couples therapy, and child and adolescent therapy.

Forthcoming volumes in the series will explore immigrant families, aging, couples therapy, and parenting.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Couples & Family