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Marriage and Family

PIP helps you look at yourself and
at your marriage and family relationships. 
It is not a test.  Rather, PIP
enables you to see your stronger and less strong areas, those things that you
do better and those things that you do less well, those things within which you
should find pride and satisfaction and those things deserving a little more
time and attention from you.

Each section focuses on an
important area of marriage and family life. 
Within each section are several statements about the most important
interpersonal elements for that area. 
Going through all of the sections and statements will help you look at
your strengths area by area and specifically at your strengths and less strong
points within each area.

To the left of the statements
within each section is a blank.  Put a
“5” on the blank if the statement is always true for you.  Put a “4” if it is usually true for you.  Put a “3” if it is sometimes true for
you.  Put a “2” on the blank if the
statement is seldom true and a “1” if it is almost never true for you.

5 = almost always true

4 = usually true

3 = sometimes true

2 = seldom true

1 = almost never true

Once you have finished a section,
add together your ratings for all of the statements in that section.  This will give you a combined score.  Next, divide the combined score by the number
of statements in the section.  This will
give you an average score for that section. 
Write in your average score for the section in the blank to the left at
the beginning of the section.  Once you
have finished all sections, add together your average scores for each section
and then divide by the total number of sections. This will give you a composite
score indicating how well you function overall as a marriage partner and family

Once you are finished, you will
find that you have some points that represent real strengths for you and some
points that represent less strong elements. 
The goal is to work toward average scores of “4” or above within each
section and an overall composite score of “4” or above.

How do you achieve this level?  Go back to the individual statements,
locating those statements where you gave yourself a “1”, “2”, or “3”.  These represent the specific things on which
you need to work.

It is important to use two
approaches.  First, be sure that you
spend most of your time and energy doing those things that you do well: those
things where you gave yourself a “4” or “5”. 
Do what you do well and do it as much as possible.

Next, begin to give some time, thought,
and energy to increasing how often you show the behavior, attitude,
characteristics, and so on shown in those statements where you gave yourself
lower ratings.  Emphasize your strong
points and gradually strengthen your less strong areas.

Below, remember to limit your
responses to your relationship with others at home.

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