Family Awareness Scale (FAS)

Part 1
Questions 1 and 2 each contain a group of statements that describe families for each question please check the one blank for the statement that most accurately describe your family.
1.     
a.    _ No one person is really strong enough to be the leader in our family.
b.    _ Our family has one strong leader. The leader always makes the rules and enforces them.
c.    _ Although we have a strong leader‚ at times we talk over decisions.
d.    _ We frequently talk things over‚ but in the end one person is usually in change.
e.    _ Leadership is always shared between the adults in our family depending situation.
2.     
a.    _ In our family it seems that a parent and a child are always "teaming or ganging up" against other family members.
b.    _ Frequently a parent and a child team up against other family members.
c.    _ The adults are usually on the same side.
d.    _ The adults are usually on the same side and generally they make a good learning team.
e.    _There is always a strong adult team in our family.
Part 2
Questions 3 to 14 describe certain ch‎aracteristics of all families on a 9-point scale.
3.    How difficult is it for someone outside of your family to figure out which family members have power over other family members?
Very difficult 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9  Very  easy
4.    How good a judge are individual family members of their own behaviors within your family.
Very good judge 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Very poor judge
5.    How good is your family at taking over and solving problems?
Very good 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Very bad
6.    How clearly do the members of your family tell one another about their feeling and Thought? Very clear 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Not clear
7.    How frequently do the members of your family say or admit that they are responsible for their own past and present behavior!?
Always 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Never
8.    How often do the members of your family speak for one another or act like they can read each other's minds?
Frequently 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Never
9.    How often are family members open and willing to listen to the statements of other family members?
Usually 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Never
10.How often do family members share their feelings with one another?
Always 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Never
11.How would you describe your family?
Warm‚ Humorous‚ Optimistic 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pessimistic
12.How much conflict is there generally in your family?
Always 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Never                                 
13. How often are family members sensitive to‚ and understanding of‚ each other’s feeling? Always 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Never
14.How many emotional problems does your family have compared to most families?
Far more 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Far fewer
 
This instrument can be found at: Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007 ). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 250-252.
 

Kolevzon MS; Green RG. (1987) Family awareness scales [FAS]. IN Fischer‚ Joel.‚ Corcoran‚ Kevin J. (2007 ). Measures for Clinical Practice and research: A sourcebook. (4th ed.). NY. Oxford University Pr. Vol. 1‚ Page (s): 250-252.