Self-Report Family Instrument (SFI)

1.    Family members pay attention to each other’s feelings.
2.    Our family would rather do things together than with other people.
3.    We all have a say in family plans.
4.    The grownups in this family understand and agree on decisions.
5.    The grownups compete and fight with each other.
6.    There is closeness in my family‚ but each person is allowed to be special and different.
7.    We accept each other’s friends.
8.    There is confusion in our family because there is no leader.
9.    Our family members touch and hug each other.
10.Family members put each other down.
11.We speak our minds no matter what.
12.In our home‚ we feel loved.
13.Even when we feel close‚ our family is embarrassed to admit it.
14.We argue a lot and never solve problems.
15.Our happiest times are at home.
16.The grownups in this family are strong leaders.
17.The future looks good to our family. 
18.We usually blame one person on our family when things aren’t going right.
19.Family members go their way most of the time.
20.Our family is proud of being close.  
21.Our family is good at solving problems together.
22.Family members easily express warmth and caring toward each other.
23.It’s okay to fight and yell in our family.
24.One of the adults in this family has a favorite child.
25.When things go wrong‚ we blame each other.
26.We say what we think and feel.
27.Our family members would rather do things with other people than together.
28.Family members pay attention to each other and listen to what is said.
29.We worry about hurting each other’s feelings.
30.The mood in my family is usually sad and blue.
31.We argue a lot.
32.One person controls and leads the family.
33.My family is happy most of the time.
34.Each person takes responsibility for his/her behavior
35.On a scale of 1 to 5 I would rate my family as:
“1=My family functions very well together” to “5: My family Does not function very well together at all we really need help.
36.On scale of 1-5 I would rate the independence of my family as:
“1-No one is independent”‚ “3-Sometimes independent”‚ “5-Family members usually go their own way.”
“Yes: fits our family very well” to “No: does not fit our family‚” or 1=high and 5=low.
Scoring in “Measures for Clinical Practice and research”
Family Conflict: items 5‚ 6‚ 7‚ 8‚ 10‚ 14‚ 18‚ 24‚ 25‚ 30‚ 31‚ and 34
Family Communication: items 11‚ 23‚ 26‚ and 29
Family Cohesion: items 2‚ 15‚ 19‚ 27‚ and 36
Directive Leadership: items 8‚ 16‚ and 32
? : items 1‚ 9‚ 13R‚ 20‚ and 22
Family Health: all remaining items
Reverse-scored: items 4-8‚ 10‚ 14‚ 18‚ 19‚ 23-25‚ 27‚ 29-31‚ and 34
Health/Competence: Items 2‚ 3‚ 4‚ 6‚ 12‚ 15‚ 16‚ 17‚ 18R‚ 19R‚ 20‚ 21‚ 24R‚ 25R‚ 27R‚ 28‚ 33‚ 35‚ and 36
Conflict: Items 5R‚ 6‚ 7‚ 8R‚ 10R‚ 14R‚ 18R‚ 24R‚ 25R‚ 30R‚ 31R‚ and 34
Cohesion: Items 2‚ 15‚ 19R‚ 27R‚ and 36
Expressiveness: Items 1‚ 9‚ 13R‚ 20‚ and 22
Leadership: Items 8R‚ 16‚ and 32
Overall Mean Score: Items 1R‚ 2R‚ 3R‚ 4R‚ 5‚ 6R‚ 7R‚ 8‚ 9R‚ 10‚ 11R‚ 12R‚ 13‚ 14‚ 15R‚ 16R‚ 17R‚ 18‚ 19‚ 20R‚ 21R‚ 22R‚ 23‚ 24‚ 25‚ 26R‚ 27‚ 28R‚ 29R‚ 30‚ 31‚ 32R‚ 33R‚ 34R‚ & 35R
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): 410-412.

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Beavers‚ W.R.‚ Hampson‚ R. B & Hulgus‚ Y. (1985). Self-Report Family Instrument (SFI). 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): 410-412.