Family Environment Scale

Assesses the social climate of all types of families

Bernice S. Moos & Rudolf H. Moos

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The Family Environment Scale (FES) gives counselors and researchers a way of examining each family member’s perceptions of the family in three ways—as it is (real), as it would be in a perfect situation (ideal) and as it will probably be in new situations (expected).

The FES has been widely used in clinical settings, to facilitate family counseling and psychotherapy, to teach clinicians and program evaluators about family systems, and in program evaluation. It can be used for individual and family counseling, or for research and program evaluation.

The FES is an invaluable tool for:

Scales include:

Family Environment Scale 4th Edition Manual

The Fourth Edition Manual (Copyright, 2009) includes new normative data, new information about the clinical, consulting, and program evaluation uses of the FES, and an updated and expanded review of research. See below on this page under Applications and Evidence for more information about contents of the manual.

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Bibliography - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd edition
Rudolf H. Moos

A compilation of more than 1,250 references from the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd editions of the annotated bibliographies of the Family Environment Scale that cover research on the FES from 1974 through 2000.

     
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Rudolf H. Moos

A compilation of more than 500 annotated references of studies that have used the Family Environment Scale from 2000 through 2007.

     
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About the FES

The Family Environment Scale (FES) has been widely used in clinical settings, to facilitate family counseling and psychotherapy, to teach clinicians and program evaluators about family systems, and in program evaluation.

Uses

Applications

Click here to see examples of creating a Positive Family Environment with the FES

Scales

The ninety items of the FES are grouped into ten subscales with three dimensions. Note that entire subscales may be removed to shorten the instrument without affecting validity or reliability.

The 1st Dimension: Relationship

Three subscales tap the degree of commitment and support family members provide for one another, the extent to family members are encouraged to express their feelings directly, and the amount of openly expressed anger and conflict among family members. Together, these three subscales comprise what is commonly referred to as the Family Relationship Index.

The 2nd Dimension: Personal Growth

The 3rd Dimension: System Maintenance

Two dimensions measure the degree of importance of clear organization and structure in planning family activities and responsibilities, as well as how much set rules and procedures are used to run family life

Applications and Evidence:

The manual contains comprehensive information regarding the development and use of the FES scales in sections such as the following:

The Manual Appendices also contain raw-to-standard score conversion tables, as well as normative information (means and standard deviations) for various groups of families.

Examples of FES items in its three forms:

The instrument features three types of forms (Form R, E, or I) , with ninety items to measure ten subscales.

Real Form (Form R): the items are worded asking the respondent to describe their family as they currently perceive it.

A. Family members really help and support one another T F
B. Family members often keep their feelings to themselves T F

The Ideal Form(Form I) and Expectations Form (Form E): allow people to describe the type of family they prefer (Form I) or their expectations of what a family will be like (Form E).

A. Family members will really help and support one another T F
B. Family members will often keep their feelings to themselves T F

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