APPLICATION AND ASSESSMENT OF FAD (FAMILY ASSESSMENT DEVICE) IN CHILD PSYCHIATRY
Objective: Family members, especially children are affected by family functioning. Detecting and solving the family functioning problems have positive effects on family members. This study, assesses the use and practice of the Family Assessment Device (FAD) in the child psychiatry for the early detection of family functioning problems.
Materials and Methods: Results of FAD performed on 54 children’s parents in the child psychiatry clinic, Istanbul Medical Faculty were assessed. Socio-demographic data, chief complaints and psychiatric diagnosis were obtained from the patient’s files.
Results: FAD was performed on 54 children’s parents (27 boys and 27 girls). According to FAD results, the mean general score index of fathers was 1.81 and the mean general score index of mothers was 2.03. The most frequent diagnosis in children was depressive adjustment disorder (n=11, 20.4%).
Conclusion: This study showed that, the family assessment device is an important tool for the assessment of family functioning. Fathers are less successful in recognizing and expressing family functioning problems than mothers.