The Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change (STIC) initial scales: Are they sensitive to change?

Yaliu He*, Nathan R. Hardy, Richard E Zinbarg, Jacob Z. Goldsmith, Amanda Kramer, Alexander L. Williams, William M Pinsof

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The Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change (STIC) is a multisystemic and multidimensional feedback system that provides therapists feedback about systemic domains of client change in individual, couple, and family therapy over time. The goal of the present study is to investigate the sensitivity to change of the scores of the STIC Initial Scales. In total, 583 clients who voluntarily sought individual, couple, or family therapy services and participated in a randomized controlled trial study were included in the study. Their pre- and posttherapy responses to the STIC Initial measures and corresponding validation measures for individual functioning, couple relationship, child adjustment, and family functioning were compared. The results support the sensitivity to change of the scores of the four STIC Initial Scales investigated: Individual Problems and Strengths (IPS), Relationship with Partner (RWP), Family/Household (FH), and Child Problems and Strengths (CPS). Of particular note, the IPS demonstrated even greater change over time than the BDI-II, BAI, and OQ-45. The discriminant validity of measuring change with the CPS was not supported. Thus, the STIC Initial IPS, RWP, and FH can be usefully employed to measure multisystemic changes in both research and clinical work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1107-1117
Number of pages11
JournalPsychological assessment
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019



  • Measurement feedback
  • Sensitivity to change
  • Systemic measures
  • The Systemic Therapy Inventory of Change (STIC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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