Assessment Of The Family System

In addition to conducting an assessment of the gambler in the clinical context, assessment of other key family members is important for the following reasons (Steinberg, 1993):

• Identification of current and imminent crises.

• Orientation of family members to the treatment setting in preparation for potential involvement in the process.

• Gaining the perspective of significant others provides a more accurate picture of the nature and extent of the gambler's problem.

• Observation of family dynamics provides a clearer understanding of family deficits and strengths.

• Opening an avenue of communication with family members provides earlier detection of signs of relapse.

• It increases the likelihood of help for the family even if the gambler drops out of treatment.

• The impact of the gambling on children in the family can be better determined.

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