Robert B. Hampson, Timothy L. Hyman, W. Robert Beavers

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Family rating scales, particularly those tapping one's view of family of origin, rely heavily on one's summary impressions, perceptions, and recall of the family. Previous research has demonstrated that fairly consistent age, gender, and parent/offspring differences exist in ratings of current family functioning, but little information exists on such differences in rating one's family of origin. The present study had college‐age subjects rate current family, family when they were elementary‐school age, and family when they were 16 years old. Subjects were 141 college students (93 women, 48 men) who completed the self‐Report Family Inventory (SFI) of the Beavers Systems Model of Family Functioning separately for the three specified recall periods (age 10, age 16, and current family). Significant differences were found between age‐of‐recall groups, with recall ratings from age 10 significantly more competent, cohesive, and less conflicted than those from age 16; current family ratings were intermediate. Relatively few gender by age interactions were significant. Implications for the use and interpretation of family ratings and family‐of‐origin scales are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)61-67
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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