Keywords

family therapy, spatial relationships, family structure

Abstract

Several family systems therapists have discussed the value of observing families' spatial relationships as an aid in diagnosing family structure and processes. For example, Haley (1976) notes that: "When the family members seat themselves, sometimes the organization of the family is clarified" (p. 18). Minuchin (1974) also discusses the same idea when he writes: "When the family sits down, the family therapist should pay attention to how they position themselves. Often their placement can give him some hunches about family affiliations" (p. 207). The general idea behind this concept is that families often reveal a good deal about themselves in the way they arrange themselves spatially with one another.

Original Publication Citation

Crane, D. R., Dollahite, D. C., Griffin, W., & Taylor, V. L. (1987). Diagnosing relationships with spatial distance: An empirical test of clinical principle. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 13(3), 307-310.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1987

Publisher

Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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