Assessment provides a comprehensive picture and a wealth of information about a couples relationship. Assessment is a critical component of most professions but professionals working with couples or families have often failed to take advantage of these assessments.
Physicians typically run a variety of diagnostic tests before they make their final decision on treatment. Teachers use examinations to determine a students achievement level. Police Officers use radar to determine the speed a car is driving. Engineers use stress tests to determine whether a structure will be functional for the task.
Following on from last weeks post, the following are ten ways that couple assessment can increase the impact of any marriage or family education program:
2. Assessment provides a comprehensive picture of the couple relationship.
A good couple assessment will provide a wealth of information about a couples relationship. As an example, the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment includes over 30 scales that tap into the most relevant aspects of a couples relationship. There are 10 core scales that include the following:
- conflict resolution
- financial management
- leisure activities
- sexual relationships
- role relationship
- spiritual beliefs
- personality issues
- parenting and
- family and friends.
There is assessment of the couple system and family system (based on cohesion and flexibility), a major stress scale and six scope personality scales.
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PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised online assessment tool that identifies each couples unique strength and growth areas. Based on their assessment results, a facilitator provides feedback sessions, helping couples to discuss and understand their results while teaching them proven relationship skills.
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Worthington, E.L., McCullough, M.E., Shortz, J.L., Mindes, E.J., Sandage, S.J. & Chartrand, J.M. (1995) Can couple assessment and feedback improve relationships? Assessment as a brief relationship enrichment procedure. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 42, (4), 466-475.