Research Project on SCORE-15
SCORE-15 has been translated into a range of other languages by practitioners. Translation has been supported by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice UK (AFT www.aft.org.uk/view/score.html ) and the European Family Therapy Association. Translation according to our Protocol is overseen by Peter Stratton, Judith Lask, and Reenee Singh. These translations reflect varied cultural contexts and translators have been encouraged to translate the instrument in ways that fit their contexts of practice.
There are likely to be other translated versions of SCORE-15 and these will be placed on the website when they are received so please check regularly if the version you want is not available yet.
If you would like to be in touch with others using SCORE-15 in your language for networking purposes, please use the list of contacts below. In some cases they have other translated material such as a non-clinical version, instructions for administration and a version for children aged 8 to 11 years.
If you wish to suggest changes or submit a new translation please email us. To raise points for open discussion, and to report your experiences, please do join our discussions by emailing aftSCOREfirstname.lastname@example.org
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE CLINICAL VERSIONS (to download)
Indian Version (in Hindi)
Dear EFTA member,
We want to build a very active research component of EFTA. I want to get beyond the idea of a select research committee who direct all of the activities. Instead, I am proposing that we take on a number of defined projects each of which requires a limited commitment and where possible, has a defined objective so that the project has an end point. The first call, to the EFTA Board invited a response from anybody who wanted to be actively taking one of the projects forward. The responses have provided us with an excellent group to lead each project and this group will constitute the Research Committee which will simply play a coordinating role and liaise with EFTA about resources.
At this stage I just want to know who might be interested in becoming actively involved. Once we know that, we can adapt the project to what each group wants to do, elaborate the proposal and then, if needed, invite people more broadly to become involved. So if one or more projects appeal to you, please let me know as soon as possible and if possible tell me what role you would want to play, so that I can get this conversational process going. P.email@example.com
Here are the current ideas for possible projects and their designated leaders:
Project 1. To investigate the possibilities of funding for Europe-wide research.
Leader: Mauro Mariotti. Current members: Maria Borcsa; Michel Maestre; Peter Stratton.
Our current main initiative is being driven by Mauro Mariotti (TIC) who is both searching out sources of funding from the EC, and building a proposal around using systemic approaches to improve quality of life for non-clinical families with a young child. One proposal has gone in for 30th January. Then we are also planning for a proposal to Horizon 2020 which will have to be submitted by June. http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/opportunities/index.html for more information. Do offer if you want to help the planning group or would be interested to participate in the research itself, if we get the funding.
There are many initiatives not just those funded by the EC, and we want build a capacity to explore and continuously monitor announcements and possibilities of research support. At present we will ask everyone involved with EFTA research to look out for possibilities and feed them through to me and Mauro as soon as they are known. Even though we will not be able to pursue most of them, we will build up a knowledge that we can use to judge where to put our efforts.
Project 2. A survey of research relevant to family wellbeing and health promotion, while looking for connections to the official rhetoric about it in each country.
Leader: Peter Stratton Current members:
Some governments, and the EU, claim that the ‘wellbeing’ of citizens is a major concern. It would be good for EFTA to have a research-informed voice with particular reference to quality of life within European families. Family wellbeing is predominantly seen as an objective and rarely as a resource*. Stronger families and other close relationships in practice play a central role in areas such as care of elderly, those with disability, chronic physical and psychological problems. Even simple objectives such as maintaining exercise and healthy diet, reliably taking medication, commitment to environmental preservation, feelings of wellbeing etc. are, in everyone’s experience, influenced by supportive family functioning. Yet proposals to strengthen citizen functioning in such areas are almost invariably made in terms of influencing individuals directly, with no reference to mobilising family support.
*For example the COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION of 20 February 2013 “Investing in children: breaking the cycle of disadvantage” Offers several routes to supporting families but does not have a single reference to involving families as partners in achieving better outcomes for children.
Project 3. Collating research published in the last 10 years that is currently only available in the language of the country in which it originated.
Leader: NFTO Project. Current members:
Reviews and textbooks primarily report on research published in English language journals. We believe there is substantial research within EFTA countries that should be known about more widely. This project will work primarily through the NFTOs of each country to find people to report on the research in their country. We will probably ask for each published paper to be provided along with a translation of the abstract in English. The Working Group will collate the information and report an overview. We may also think of establishing a prize that would support the next step in the research, and offer incentives such as publication in Human Systems and/or on the EFTA website.
Project 4. Building on the magnificent work of several countries to introduce the SCORE
Leaders: Jose Soriano and Roberto Pereira. Current members: Luigi Schepisi; Michel Maestre; Peter Stratton
The SCORE Indicator of Family Functioning and Therapeutic Change is both a purpose-built measure of therapeutic progress, and an indicator of quality of life within the family. Our focus so far has been on establishing a translated version in each participating country, and generating data of its quality as an outcome measure. This working group would collate data, and the experiences of therapists, so far. Some countries have completed the protocol for translation but are not able to undertake the substantial project needed for validation of the SCORE. This working group would collate the data acquired so far in order to make a general case that SCORE-15 is robust when translated to different contexts. We would then propose a set of possible projects, including some small enough to be undertaken by students and find colleagues to sponsor them in their own country. (Peter already has a large list of possible projects)
Project 5. To gather data on the needs of training courses as they enhance their use of research in training.
Leader: Monica Whyte. Current members:
A two-part project to support training courses who want to provide basic research training and use of research articles into their training but are constrained by various factors. The working group would gain an idea of the main barriers and work with the courses to see how the barriers could be overcome. The group could also examine the methods used by European courses that successfully engage their students with research to give us ideas of what might be helpful more generally.
Project 6. This has been left open for further suggestions. One that we are considering is a suggestion by Luigi Onnis ‘the effectiveness of family therapy compared with other usual treatments, particularly the bio-medical ones.’
EFTA research committee:
Peter Stratton, Chair