The uses of emotion maps in research and clinical practice with families and couples: methodological innovation and critical inquiry.
Bottom Line: This graphic participatory method was developed in sociological studies to examine everyday family relationships.For clinicians working with families, couples, and young people, the importance of gaining insight into how lives are lived, at home, cannot be understated.Hot spots in the household become visualized, facilitating dialogue on prevailing issues and how these events may be perceived differently by different family members.
Affiliation: Dept of Social Policy and Criminology, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.Show MeSH
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Mentions: The presenting problem appeared to be the husband/father's anger and its impact on the rest of his family. Bill had recently taken on a stressful job as the director of an investment bank and was unhappy and somewhat overwhelmed at work. Beth felt that Bill undermined her parenting and was overly harsh with the children, particularly with their son, Richard. In Gabb's research, doorways have been identified as a literal and symbolic frame for family arguments (Gabb, 2008, pp. 138–139). In a similar way, Bill experienced differences in the couple's parenting styles most difficult to negotiate when the family was about to leave the house. He perceived that Beth had “no sense of time” and he frequently lost his temper around the children's lack of organizational skills and apparent inability to make a timely and prompt departure (Figure 2).
Affiliation: Dept of Social Policy and Criminology, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK.