FACES IV (Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale)

FACES IV combines the full continuum of cohesion and flexibility levels from the Circumplex Model with the facilitating factor of communication.

With extremely high levels of validity and reliability, FACES IV is a powerful tool in both research and clinical settings, designed to be administered to families across the life cycle. It’s been translated globally and validated internationally.

The assessment consists of six scales – two balanced and four unbalanced. Cluster analysis of these six scales has revealed six corresponding family types, ranging from happy to unhappy: Balanced, Rigidly Cohesive, Midrange, Flexibly Unbalanced, Chaotically Unbalanced and Unbalanced.

FACES IV also includes the Family Communication and Family Satisfaction scales.

[There’s a] consensus [in the marital and family research field] on the importance of the understanding of cohesion and flexibility in understanding couple and family relationships.

Dr. David Olson, Ph.D.


FACES IV and the Circumplex Model: Validation Study. Olson, 2011.

The Effects of the Intergenerational Transmission of Family Emotional Processes on Conflict Styles: The Moderating Role of Attachment, Baptist & et al, 2012.