Getting Along Risk:
You have now learned how to sample Individual Risk, Marital Risk, and Parent Risk. Assessing Getting Along Risk at first may seem like a very long stretch for you to make as you develop your ability to understand and evaluate your family’s risk level. Here is why it may seem difficult. So far, assessing risk has been a process of identifying behavior and attitudes that put your family at risk. Assessing Getting Along Risk is not the same kind of process. It is, nonetheless, not all that difficult.
First, reconsider Figure One. It introduced you to the importance of relationships, communication, problem solving, and decision making. Now consider Figure Five. It shows you the same four aspects of getting along: relationships, communication, problem solving, and decision making. Additionally, you see that each aspect of getting along has four levels. They are numbered from 0 to 3. The 0 level is the best or most functional level. At that level, people in the family are getting along quite well. At the 3 level, people in the family are not getting along at all. Things are quite dysfunctional and the risk is critically high. In the following sections, the four risk levels for each aspect are explained so you can assess your family’s Getting Along Risk level for relationships, communication, problem solving, and decision making. Once you have mastered this in addition to your earlier learning, you have all the tools you need to understand the extent to which your family or other families are at risk of bad outcomes.