Development and validation of perceived self-transformation scale for the Satir model

Pamela Pui-Yu LEUNG, Kwok Wai LAU, Catherine Lai-Ping CHUNG

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The Satir model greatly impacts the thinking and practice of therapists in the field of family therapy. This two-phase study aimed to validate a self-report instrument, the Perceived Self-Transformation Scale, which measures the self-transformation proposed by the Satir model. A panel of expert reviewers evaluated the content validity of the items developed by the authors. Exploratory and confirmatory analyses with 500 Chinese subjects yielded a 17-item scale with four factors, namely, self-connectedness, self-doubt, others-oriented, and openness to share. Concurrent validity of the scale was supported in the second phase of the study where 96 Chinese subjects participated. Results indicated that the scale is a reliable and valid outcome measure for the Satir model. The study can contribute to transforming Virginia Satir's work into an evidence-based practice. Copyright © 2018 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-67
JournalContemporary Family Therapy
Issue number1
Early online dateJul 2018
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


family therapy


Leung, P. P.-Y., Lau, W. K.-W., & Chung, C. L.-P. (2019). Development and validation of perceived self-transformation scale for the Satir model. Contemporary Family Therapy, 41(1), 56–67. doi: 10.1007/s10591-018-9477-7


  • Counselling
  • Personal growth
  • Satir model
  • Self-transformation
  • Well-being