Family assessment: Centripetal and centrifugal family systems

Martha Kelsey-Smith, W. Robert Beavers

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A consideration of interactional style is useful to both researchers and clinicians interested in family assessment. This paper offers data and process evaluation scales designed to determine family interactional style, conceptualized as a continuum ranging from centripetal (CP) to centrifugal (CF), and containing at the midpoint a mixed area in which facets of both the CP and the CF styles are found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-12
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1981


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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