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Week 5 – Assignment: Identify and Critique Measures

Due May 20 at 11:59 PM

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The goal of this assignment is for you to become familiar with some of the measures that could be used to assess MFT clinical outcomes. After you have read the assigned readings, you are to find and critique one measure of one or more key constructs related to your PCF. Select a measure that you would administer to your clients to guide your interventions and treatment planning. Good sources of measures in the NCU Library include EBSCOhost, Mental Measurements Yearbook with Tests in Print, ProQuest, PsychiatryOnline, and PsycTESTS.

You will complete the Measure Critique Form (found in the Week 5 Books and Resources area) for the measure you selected. Note that we have provided a sample critique (also in the Week 5 Books and Resources area) showing the level of detail expected on this critique.

Be sure to send an email to your instructor by Wednesday of the week the assignment is due, identifying one or more measures you are considering evaluating, so that he or she can provide guidance on the best one to use for this assignment. For example, you will not want to evaluate a psychological test like the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2), which MFTs in most states cannot administer nor interpret. Instead, you should search for a measure of couple and family functioning, although individual screening tests, like the Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7), may also be acceptable. Again, the measures you select should be relevant to your PCF, specialization, and clinical practice as an MFT.

Length: 6-8 pages

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.


Training Marriage and Family Therapists in Formal Assessment: Contributions to Students’ Familiarity, Attitude, and Confidence, Scott C Huff, Shayne R. Anderson & Lindsay L. EdwardsPages 300-315 | Published online: 13 Dec 2014.

Lavee, Y., & Avisar, Y. (2006). Use of standardized assessment instruments in couple therapy: the role of attitudes and professional factors. Journal Of Marital And Family Therapy, 32(2), 233-244.

Sanderson, J., Kosutic, I., Garcia, M., Melendez, T., Donoghue, J., Perumbilly, S., & … Anderson, S. (2009). The Measurement of Outcome Variables in Couple and Family Therapy Research. American Journal Of Family Therapy, 37(3), 239-257. doi:10.1080/01926180802405935

Harrington, K. M., & Waldman, I. D. (2010). Evaluating the utility of sluggish cognitive tempo in discriminating among DSM-IV ADHD subtypes. Journal Of Abnormal Child Psychology, 38(2), 173-184. doi:10.1007/s10802-009-9355-8

Lee, K. (2008). ADHD in American Early Schooling: From a Cultural Psychological Perspective. Early Child Development And Care, 178(4), 415-439.

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