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of 'Family and couples therapy for treating depressed adults'

The development of a clinical rating scale for the McMaster model of family functioning.
Miller IW, Kabacoff RI, Epstein NB, Bishop DS, Keitner GI, Baldwin LM, van der Spuy HI
Fam Process. 1994;33(1):53.
This article describes the development and validation of the McMaster Clinical Rating Scale (MCRS). The MCRS is a 7-item scale designed to be completed by a trained rater after completion of an in-depth interview of the family. We present data from four new studies and review previously published articles concerning the reliability, validity, and clinical utility of the MCRS. Adequate interrater reliability and rater stability were obtained. The MCRS was found to correlate significantly with the self-report Family Assessment Device and to discriminate between families in different phases of a depressive disorder.
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University, Providence RI.