Family Inventory of Life Events and Changes (FILE)

Did the change happen in your family?
1.    Increase of husband/father’s time away from family
2.    Increase of wife/mother’s time away from family
3.    A member appears to have emotional problems
4.    A member appears to depend on alcohol or drugs
5.    Increase in conflict between husband and wife
6.    Increase in arguments between parent(s) and child(ren)
7.    Increase in conflict among children in the family
8.    Increased difficulty in managing teenage child(ren)
9.    Increased difficulty in managing school child(ren) (6-12 yrs.)
10.Increased difficulty in managing preschool child(ren) (2-6 yrs.)
11.Increased difficulty in managing toddler(s) (1-2½ yrs.)
12.Increased difficulty in managing infant(s) (0-1yrs.)
13.Increase in the amount of “outside activities” which the children are involved in
14.Increased disagreement about a member’s friends or activities
15.Increase in the number of problems or issues which don’t get resolved
16.Increase in the number of tasks or chores which don’t get done
17.Increased conflict with in-laws or relatives
18.Spouse/parent was separated or divorced
19.Spouse/parent has an “affair”
20.Increased difficulty in resolving issues with a “former” or separated spouse
21.Increased difficulty with sexual relationship between husband and wife
22.Spouse had an unwanted or difficult pregnancy
23.An unmarried member became pregnant
24.A member had an abortion
25.A member gave birth to or adopted a child
26.Took out a loan or refinanced a loan to cover increased expenses
27.Went on welfare
28.Change in conditions (economic‚ political‚ weather) which hurts the family business
29.Change in agriculture market‚ stock market‚ or land values which hurts family investments and/or income
30.A member started a new business
31.Purchased or built a home
32.A member purchased a car or other major item
33.Increasing financial debts due to overuse of credit cards
34.Increased strain on family “money” for medical/dental expenses
35.Increased strain on family “money” for food‚ clothing‚ energy‚ home care
36.Increased strain on family “money” for child(ren)’s education
37.Delay in receiving child support or alimony payments
38.A member changed to a new job/career
39.A member quit or lost a job
40.A member retired from work
41.A member started or returned to work
42.A member stopped working for extended period (e.g.‚ laid off‚ leave of absence‚ strike)
43.Decrease in satisfaction with job/career
44.A member had increased difficulty with people at work
45.A member was promoted at work or given more responsibilities
46.Family moved to a new home/apartment
47.A child/adolescent member changed to a new School
48.Parent/spouse became seriously ill or injured
49.Child became seriously ill or injured
50.Close relative or friend of the family became seriously ill
51.A member became physically disabled or seriously ill
52.Increased difficulty in managing a chronically ill or disabled member
53.Member or close relative was committed to an institution or nursing home
54.Increased responsibility to provide direct care or financial help to husband’s and/or wife’s parent(s)
55.Experienced difficulty in arranging for satisfactory child care
56.A parent/spouse died
57.A child member dies
58.Death of husband or wife’s parent or close relative
59.Close friend of the family died
60.Married son or daughter was separated or divorced
61.A member “broke up” a relationship with a close friend
62.A member was married
63.Young adult member left home
64.A young adult member began college (or post high school training)
65.A member moved back home or a new person moved into the household
66.A parent/spouse started school (or training program) after being away from school for a long time
67.A member went to jail or juvenile detention
68.A member was picked up by police or arrested
69.Physical or sexual abuse or violence in the home
70.A member ran away from home
71.A member dr‎opped out of school or was suspended from school
(1) intra family strains or difficulties in family relationships‚ such as strains between parents and children orbetween ex-spouses; (2) marital strains; (3) pregnancy and childbearing strain; (4)financial and business strain; (5) work-family transitions and strains; (6) illness andfamily “care” systems; (7) losses (deaths in nuclear and extended family); (8) transitions“in and o u f (children being launched or returning home after leaving); (9) family legalviolations.
Family Life Changes
 During Last 12 Months Yes‚ No
Before Last 12 Months Yes‚ No
This instrument can be found at: Healthy Marriages Compendium‚ Part 2

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