Assessing family-of-origin functioning in Mexican American adults: retrospective application of the family environment scale. Academic Article uri icon


  • Although both theoretical and empirical literature suggests that individuals' family-of-origin experiences affect subsequent relationship functioning as adults, few studies have examined the appropriateness of family assessment techniques when applied retrospectively for use in either theory development or clinical applications. This study examined psycho-metric characteristics of the Family Environment Scale (FES) when used retrospectively with Mexican Americans to assess their families-of-origin. Findings provided qualified support for the internal consistency of the FES and showed significant mean profile differences for this population across gender and when compared to the normative sample for this measure. Retrospective reports on the FES related to independent measures of family history of distress and, to a lesser extent, with current relationship functioning, providing preliminary support for the criterion-related validity of the FES when adapted for retrospective assessment. Limitations and implications of findings for further research are discussed.

published proceedings

  • Assessment

author list (cited authors)

  • Negy, C., & Snyder, D. K.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Negy, Charles||Snyder, Douglas K

publication date

  • December 2006