The evaluation of family functioning: A proposal for an integrative model to support clinical practice and research
Pauzé R, Cook-Darzens S, Villeneuve M-P, Châteauneuf D, Petitpas J, Côté J. (2017). The evaluation of family functioning: A proposal for an integrative model to support clinical practice and research. Thérapie familiale. 38(3): 295-328.
The present article deals with the issue of evaluating family functioning. The aim is to propose a list and definitions of the main components of family functioning, as well as presenting a multidimensional and integrative explanatory model of family functioning, which will provide a framework for the practice of family evaluation by family therapists and researchers. The objectives of this undertaking are: 1. to encourage a systematic approach to the evaluation of the family by family therapists, in order to reach the best possible fit between the characteristics of family functioning and recommended therapeutic interventions; and 2. to support therapists who wish to contribute to the development of knowledge in the field of family therapy (practice-based evidence). We also anticipate this model will guide researchers who are interested in the development of evidence-based practice in family therapy.