Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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| Editors: Jay Lebow, Anthony Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Olson, David

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_776-2


Dr. David Olson.


Dr. David Olson is Professor Emeritus of the Family Social Science Program at the University of Minnesota. He is most known for developing the Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems as well as several couple and family assessment measures and programs including the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Scales (FACES) and PREPARE/ENRICH Program.


Dr. Olson obtained his bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College and completed his doctoral training at Pennsylvania State University. He has notable achievements, awards, and honors including the Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy and Research from both the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the American Family Therapy Association (AFTA). He also has a distinguished alumni award from Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Olson is a fellow and member of both the American Psychological Association and the American Association of Marital and Family Therapy. He is also...

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  1. Olson, D. H. (1988). Clinical Rating Scale (CRS) for the circumplex model of marital and family systems (rev.). St. Paul: University of Minnesota, Department of Family Social Science.Google Scholar
  2. Olson, D. H. (2000). Circumplex model of marital and family systems. Journal of Family Therapy, 22, 144–167.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Olson, D. (2011). FACES IV and the circumplex model: Validation study. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37(1), 64–80.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  4. Olson, D. H., Portner, J., & Bell, R. Q. (1982). FACES II: Family adaptability and cohesion evaluation scales. Minnesota: Family Social Science, University of Minnesota.Google Scholar
  5. Olson, D. H., Olson, A. K., & Larson, P. J. (2012). PREPARE-ENRICH program: Overview and new discoveries about couples. Journal of Family & Community Ministries, 25, 30–44.Google Scholar

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Walter Reed National Military Medical CenterBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Hays State PrisonTrionUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Heather Pederson
    • 1
  • Diana Semmelhack
    • 2
  1. 1.Council for RelationshipsPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Midwestern UniversityDowners GroveUSA