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Maria Zelenskaya
Adaptation of the FACES-IV for the Russian Adolescent Sample
Systemic Family Therapy
(Master’s programme)
Author: Zelenskaya M. S., graduate student, gr. 587

Scientific adviser: Bydinayte, G. L., candidate of psychological Sciences.

Key words: characteristics of family systems, cohesion, flexibility, communication and family satisfaction, adaptation and validation, FACES-IV, characteristics of family with adolescent.

Objective: pre-stage adaptation of the FACES-IV in a sample of Russian adolescent.

Methodological basis of the research: the Structural approach to family systemic psychotherapy and Circumplex model of family systems by D. H. Olson.

Objects of research: the structural characteristics of the Russian family with adolescent.

Subject of research: diagnostic possibilities of the FACES IV to measure the structural characteristics of families with adolescent.

The diagnostic unit: "FACES IV", Olson D. H., translation of the expert Committee, the questionnaire "Parent-Child relationship of adolescents", O. A. Karabanova, P. Troyanovsky, "Family sociogram", Eidemiller E. G., Justickis V., Questionnaire of Acute and Chronic stress", Leonova A. B.

Summary: in the course of work it was shown, that the FACES-IV has a high potential for the family systems diagnostic, however, pilot research on the Russian sample should be confirmed by full-scale, because now the structural validity is not confirmed. It is revealed that the balanced interaction styles in the family are associated with reduced stress levels of adolescent, while the disengaged and chaotic family type correlated with the severity of stress. There are significant differences between clinical and health groups of adolescents. Group with mental health problems demonstrate unbalanced types of family interactions and in the control group balanced type is more pronounced. Cultural specificity of our sample is shown by higher degree of cohesion and enmeshed types.

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