Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

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


Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-15877-8_403-1

Name and Type of Measure

The Systemic Clinical Outcome and Routine Evaluation, or SCORE, is a questionnaire for completion by literate family members.


The SCORE was developed in the context of family and couple therapy to provide a measure of the quality of functioning within peoples’ close relationships. Its rationale is derived from a systemic therapy perspective of the significance of interactions in close relationships as a potential source of stress and as a major resource in achieving and sustaining therapeutic change.


The SCORE was developed by a team led by Peter Stratton, Emeritus Professor of Family Therapy, Leeds Family Therapy & Research Centre, Institute of Health Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9LJ, UK. Email: p.m.stratton@ntlworld.com.

Description of the Measure

The SCORE is a multi-item self-report instrument for completion by literate family members 7 years and older to monitor progress and outcome in systemic therapy. There are...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology, University College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Clanwilliam InstituteDublinIreland
  3. 3.Leeds Family Therapy and Research Centre, University of LeedsLeedsUK

Section editors and affiliations

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