Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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Global Assessment of Relational Functioning Scale

  • Karen Mottarella
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_397-1

Name and Type of Measure

The Global Assessment of Relational Functioning Scale (GARF) is a global rating scale for use with relational units (couples and families)

Synonyms

Introduction

The Global Assessment of Relational Functioning Scale (American Psychiatric Association 1994) is a relational assessment tool that yields a numerical rating ranging from 1 to 100, indicating the level of functioning within a “relational unit,” couple or family, in terms of meeting the emotional and instrumental needs of its members. Ratings reflect the overall, general level of functioning of the couple or family, with low ratings representing impairment and high ratings indicting healthy relational functioning. The GARF scale is designed for use by clinicians without requiring additional training.

The GARF was designed to be a relatively simple rating scale, patterned after the GAF, to emphasize the importance of relational context in understanding the individual client. The GARF rating is a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

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