ERIC Number: ED313643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
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Family Images of the Adolescent: An Empirical Method for Clinical Assessment.
Young, Delton W.; Klein, Arthur A.
The developmental psychology of adolescence emphasizes the central role of identity formation in the adolescent's transition to adulthood. The images of the adolescent carried by family members and the manner in which they are conveyed play a crucial role in the adolescent's identity development. The Q-Sort of Adolescent Delineations (QAD) is designed to provide clinically salient empirical information about families of adolescents. It is devised on the premise that differences among individual views of family attributes may validly represent different individual experiences, and that such intra-familial differences ought not to be treated as error variance. The QAD is a 36-item Q-sort that assesses six clinically salient aspects of adaptive and maladaptive functioning. It was administered to a sample of 51 families with 14-18-year-old adolescents recruited from a suburban middle class high school. The Quad was administered first to the adolescents and both parents individually, then to all three collectively. Results revealed family members' individual images of the adolescent (including self-image) and the family's manner of resolving or maintaining divergences in their views. Psychometric analyses showed adequate internal consistency reliabilities and inter-cluster correlational structure. What makes for the clinical utility of the results is the structure of the assessment--the gathering of independent individual views followed by the collective task, each along dimensions salient for both clinicians and family members, and gathered by means of a standard format and item set. (ABL)
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