What Is the Calgary Family Assessment Model?

The Calgary Family Assessment Model is an assessment tool used by family nurses in their practices. It was developed by two nurses, Lorraine M. Wright and Maureen Leahey, in their 2000 book “Nurses and Families: A Guide to Family Assessments and Intervention.”

The Calgary Family Assessment Model looks at three basic areas:

  • The structure of the family, including members of the immediate family, their gender, extended family relationships and outside factors
  • A developmental assessment that includes looking at what stage the family is at, such as childbearing years or retirement years, along with tasks associated with it
  • A functional assessment that examines the family’s ability to perform essential functions