The McMaster Family Assessment Device (FAD) measures an individual’s perceptions of their family. The FAD is made up of 7 scales that measure:
1) Problem Solving, the family’s ability to resolve problems at a level that maintains effective family functioning.
2) Communication, which is defined as the exchange of information among family members. The focus is on whether verbal messages are clear with respect to content and direct in the sense that the person spoken to is the person for whom the message is intended.
3) Roles. Established patterns of behavior for handling a set of family functions which include provision of resources, providing nurturance and support, supporting personal development, maintaining and managing the family systems and providing adult sexual gratification. In addition, it includes consideration of whether tasks are clearly and equitably assigned to family members and whether tasks are carried out responsibly.
4) Affective Responsiveness, assesses the extent to which individual family members are able to experience appropriate affect over a range of stimuli.
5) Affective Involvement, is concerned with the extent to which family members are interested in and place value on each other’s activities and concerns.
6) Behavior Control which assesses the way in which a family expresses and maintains standards for the behavior of its members.
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