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Working with families: a reciprocal relationship
A father, daughter and son standing together
                  in front of a bookshelf in their house

The relationship between children and their families is reciprocal. A child will have an impact on the family's quality of life and vice versa. Where professionals work to improve the quality of family life this, in turn, will benefit the child.

A quality of life scale
A father and his two children

There are a number of ways of assessing the quality of family life. A useful scale, developed in the United States, is the Beach Center Family Quality of Life Scale.

This is specifically designed for families of children with disabilities and focuses on five areas:

  • Family interaction
  • Parenting
  • Emotional well-being
  • Physical/material well-being
  • Disability related support.
Further reading
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Summers, J., Poston, D., Turnbull, A., Marquis, J., Hoffman, L., Mannan, H. and Wang, M., (2005) Conceptualising and measuring family quality of life, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 49 (10) 777-783.