The adolescents assessment of family functioning

Coll Antropol. 1997 Jun;21(1):269-76.


The aim of this study was to find out in what way adolescents assess their families and family functioning. An 34-item scale in self-report format was administered to 154 high school students and 34 patients in diagnostic procedure before entering psychotherapy in order to explore basic elements of family functioning (structure, affect, communication; behaviour control, ethic values transmission, intimacy and idealization, and elements of family dysfunction). The results showed that adolescents in general assessed their families as growth and individuation supportive. The adolescents in the clinical sample presented more dissatisfaction with their families and elements of family dysfunctions were more emphasized.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Attitude*
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Family / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Intergenerational Relations