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life style assessment

The life-style assessment or life-style diagnosis is a structured inquiry into and interpretation of the individual's style of living.  It is a major psychological assessment tool of Adlerian- trained therapists.  The modern assessment inquiry generally includes two parts:  (1) the family constellation, which includes family atmosphere and values; parental relationship; gender guiding lines; psychological birth-order position and sibling relationships; and the challenge of adolescence and gender identity; (2) The Early Recollections, which consists of a collection of early memories.  The assessment interpretations generally include three summaries:  (1) The Summary of the Family Constellation; (2) The Pattern of Basic Convictions (derived from an interpretation of the early recollections); and (3) an enumeration of The Interfering Ideas.

Excerpted with permission from Griffith, Jane & Powers, Robert L.