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Friel Co-dependency Assessment Inventory

Friel Co-dependency Assessment Inventory

What is FCAI

The Friel Co-dependency Assessment Inventory (FCAI) is a clinically based self-report research tool designed to measure codependent concerns in adults.

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FCAI Scoring and Interpretation

  • Subjects who respond to the tool are required to assign a true or false response to the 60 items on the tool.
  • Give one point for the number of “False” answers to the odd-numbered questions and one point for the number of “True” answers to the even-numbered questions to get score.
  • Responses yield numerical scores that indicate whether the respondent has few (under 20), mild to moderate (21 to 30), moderate to severe (31 to 45) or severe (over 45) codependent concerns.

FCAI Scores and Codependent Concerns

Table 4
FCAI ScoreCodependent Concerns

Below 20


21 - 30

Mild to Moderate

31 - 45

Moderate to Severe

46 or over


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FCAI sample result

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FCAI track progress

Sample Report of FCAI



What does FCAI measure

The purpose of the evaluation is to:

  • measure codependent concerns.



Type of outcome tool


Assessment modes


Age and eligibility

Students, Adults

Estimated time

10 to 15 minutes


Since the questionnaire relies on client self-report, all responses should be verified by the clinician, and a definitive diagnosis is made on clinical grounds taking into account how well the client understood the questionnaire, as well as other relevant information from the client.

Attribution and References

Friel, J. C., (1985) Co-dependency Assessment Inventory: A preliminary research tool. Focus on Family (May/June): 20–21.