The McMaster Family Assessment Device
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About The McMaster Family Assessment Device
The family assessment device was developed in order to evaluate various functions of the family and to find out the problem areas in the family. This instrument’s purpose is to gather information on different dimensions of the family system through the family members. The McMaster Family Assessment Device (MMFAD) was developed by Epstein, Baldwin and Bishop (1983). It was adapted into Turkish by Bulut (1990). The MMFAD has six subtests, in the Turkish version a seventh subtest has been added which assesses the family’s healthy functioning in general. Thus, the Turkish version of the scale has 60 items and 7 subtests assessing the following areas:
a. Problem Solving
d. Affective Responsiveness
e. Affective Involvement
f. Behavior Control
g. General Functions
Problem Solving (PS) reflects the family’s ability to resolve problems together, Communication (CM) refers to effectiveness, extent, clarity and directness of information exchange, Roles (RL) describes the efficacy with which family tasks are allocated and accomplished, Affective Responsiveness (AR) is the ability of family members to respond to situations with appropriate emotions, both positive and negative, Affective Involvement (AI) reflects the interest and concern that they for each other and Behavior Control (BC) describes the standards and latitudes for behavior. General Functions (GF) gives an overall rating of family functioning.
This is a self-report inventory. It can be applied to all family members above 12 years of age. Each item is scored from 1 being “I agree completely” to 4 “I do not agree at all”. Higher scores indicate a dysfunctional family pattern. The MMFAD was found to have cronbach alpha’s between .38 through .86 for the subtests. Test-retest reliability was found to be between .62 through .90 for the MMFAD subtests in a three week interval (Bulut, 1990). Internal validity was found to be between .38 through .80 for the MMFAD subtests and .86 for the
General Functions (Bulut, 1990).
The construct validity of the study was conducted with 50 families, of which half were in the divorce phase and the other half who were leading a normal marriage. The inventory was also conducted to two groups of families in which there was a psychiatric patient (n=190) and another group without any patient in the family (n=170). . All the subtests of the inventory significantly differentiated these two groups of families, separately. In order to study the concurrent validity of the inventory, MMFAD was conducted to 25 subjects who were married, along with the Marriage Life Questionnaire. The Pearson product-moment correlation coefficient was found to be 0.66 which was significant (p < .001).