ERIC Number: ED450319
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001
The Family Constellation Scale.
The Family Constellation Scale (FC Scale) is an instrument that assesses perceived birth order in families. It can be used in counseling to help initiate conversations about various traits and assumptions that tend to characterize first-born, middle-born children, youngest-born, and only children. It provides both counselors and clients insights about personality development that may be a factor of birth order. A brief description is provided of the kinds of characteristics associated with different birth positions. Other combinations and factors that may influence perceived birth order are described. The sex of the child, number of years between children, and family values and atmosphere can all have important influences on family constellation. From these traits, the 49 item FC Scale was developed. The manual presents the scale; describes the scoring instructions; establishes range of expected scores for the three subscales; and discusses typical variations and limitations of the scale. Appendix A is "Birth Order and Personality"; Appendix B is "Family Constellation"; Appendix C is "Characteristics of Family Constellation"; Appendix D is "First, Last, or Middle Child-Surprising Differences"; Appendix E is "Why No Two Children in a Family are Ever Alike"; and Appendix F is "Decision-Making Matrix." (Contains 23 references.) (Author/JDM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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