McMaster Family Assessment Device

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FAD; Family assessment device; MFAD


The McMaster Family Assessment Device (MFAD; Epstein, Baldwin, & Bishop, 1983) is a 60-item self-report instrument intended to evaluate a number of aspects of family relationships based on the McMaster model of family functioning (Epstein, Bishop, Ryan, Miller, & Keitner, 1993). Items are phrased to denote both effective (e.g., “We feel accepted for what we are.”) and problematic family functioning (e.g., “We don’t get along well together.”). Respondents rate how well each statement describes their family; response options include strongly agree, agree, disagree, and strongly disagree. Items are reverse scored as needed, such that higher scores indicate poorer family functioning. In addition to a General Functioning Index, the MFAD generates scores on six dimensions (problem solving, communication, roles, affective responsiveness, affective involvement, and behavioral control).

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