The Family Relationship Inventory (FRI) is designed for a child, adolescent, adult, and family counseling. It is easy to administer, easy to score, a non-threatening method of evaluating family relationships. The FRI clarifies individual feelings and interpersonal relationships. Used as a counseling tool, the FRI can initiate discussion and change, and help individuals, couples, families, parents, and children understand how each person functions within the family unit and is affected by other family members. The FRI is especially valuable when working with parents and children. The game-like format makes it useful for younger family members, as well as with teenagers and adults.
The FRI consists of 50 items printed on small cards, which may be used to describe self or various family members. 25 items have positive valences (e.g., Strong-dependable), and 25 items have negative valences (e.g., Yells and screams a lot). Each respondent is asked to assign the items to self or another family member, or to no one (wastebasket). The sum of the response valences (either +1 or -1) constitutes a score.
Benefits and Uses
• Easy to administer and score• Simple, appealing vocabulary• Non-threatening, game-like format• Applicable with young children, adolescents, and adults• For individual counseling, the FRI provides a self-appraisal and a portrayal of feelings toward spouse, parents, children, brothers, sisters, etc.• For family counseling, the FRI provides a graphic representation of the interpersonal dynamics within the family unit
• Most esteemed family member• Least esteemed family member• Strongest relationship• Most distant relationship• Self-esteem scores for individual respondents
The FRI takes approximately 30 minutes to administer. It can be administered to adults, adolescents, and children (age 5 and above, depending upon the child's level of comprehension).