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Volume 16, Issue 4 (1987)

Systemic Family Assessment: Concepts and Strategies for School Psychologists

pp. 429—442

The primary purpose of this article is to explore concepts and strategies pertaining to systemic family assessment. The article enumerates the essential principles of systems theory and their application to family systems. The purposes of family assessment are discussed in the context of children’s school-related problems,changing demographics, and the growing complexity of American families. Within this conceptual framework, an overview of assessment strategies (i.e., systemic interviewing, direct observations, rating scales, and self-report measures) is provided.

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