Definition extracted with permission from Simon, Fritz, et al, Family Process, Inc.: Language of Family Therapy: A Systemic Vocabulary and Source Book (Family Process Press Series)
Family tests are standardized procedures for the evaluation of family relational processes. Such tests are sometimes used clinically as an aspect of consultation or treatment planning, and sometimes for the assessment of impasse or crisis situations during the course of marital or family therapy. They also are used in family therapy research for the evaluation of change from a baseline to various stages of outcome. Finally, apart from therapy, family tests are used in research on family processes that are associated with stages of the family life cycle, with cultural variations, with the presence of psychiatric or physical illness in a family member, and in various studies in family sociology.