Family Systems Concepts

Tools for Assessing the Family in Primary Care
  • Susan H. McDaniel
  • Thomas L. Campbell
  • David B. Seaburn


To provide family-oriented medical care it is important for a physician to be able to assess how a family’s functioning plays a part in both the illness and the health of its members. Just as a physician must organize and evaluate the signs of physical illness in order to make an appropriate diagnosis, the same is true when considering the emotional, interactional, and historical processes that take place in a patient and his or her family. To do so without benefit of a conceptual framework for understanding the family can be overwhelming.


Family Therapy Family System Relational Context Family Function Family Stability 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan H. McDaniel
    • 1
  • Thomas L. Campbell
    • 1
  • David B. Seaburn
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Medicine and Highland Hospital, Jacob B. Holler Family Medicine CenterUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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