Assessment of Couples and Families: Contemporary and Cutting-Edge Strategies

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Len Sperry
Taylor & Francis, Sep 1, 2004 - Psychology - 288 pages
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This book represents an up-to-date, comprehensive survey of the major contemporary and cutting-edge tools and strategies used in the clinical assessment of couples and families. This new volume first reviews the impact that managed care, numerous social changes, and recent research developments have had on the assessment process, and then considers implications for the future of couple and family therapy. Written with practicality in mind, chapters in Part 2 outline general strategies for systematically utilizing various inventories, observational methods, and qualitative approaches. Part 3 identifies and describes assessment strategies for specific issues and applications such as child custody, child abuse, divorce, mediation, and intimacy. A unique feature of the text is a standardized matrix at the close of each chapter, allowing readers to instantly compare over one hundred assessment devices in a variety of areas.

Assessment of Couples and Families is an indispensable resource for both student and practitioner, providing the reader with the most current tools, measures, tips and strategies for use in family and couple therapy.

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