This book is based on the premise that changes in family structure require changes in methods of representation, assessment, research, and teaching. This book introduces such a method in the form of a model named the affinograph.
AffinographA Dynamic Method for Assessment of Individuals, Couples, Families, and Households Davor Jedlicka The word family traditionally referred to two parents and their children, a concept that has been subject to constant revisiting over the past half-century with society s gradual acceptance of single-parent, blended, adopted, and same-sex families. And as the relationships increase in complexity, so do their problems, requiring innovative professional tools for understanding and assessing families. Affinographs expand on the genogram and other methods currently in use by translating complex family narratives into dynamic, gender-neutral graphic images. Affinograph explains how to create and use these images to generate hypothesis for clinical interventions. The book shows affinographs as representing relationships as clients see them (such as having more than two parents), and offers varied uses of the method in working with troubled families over diverse situations and across the helping disciplines. Case studies illustrate extended families formed through serial marriages, multiple generations, and multiple households. Extramarital relationships, from the briefest and most ephemeral to the most extensive and committed, are accounted for as well. Included in the coverage: Constructing the affinograph.Charting patterns of divorce and remarriage.Assessing gay and lesbian families.Using affinographs in family therapy. Applying affinographs to child protection work.Integrating affinographs into genealogy. Family therapists, psychologists, counselors, social workers, and others who provide services to families will find Affinograph both highly informative and eminently useful.The book also lends itself to research and teaching applications.
Introduction: What is an Affinograph?-Why Affinographs?-Constructing Affinographs.-Critical Issues in Protecting Children and Servicing Families.-Patterns of Divorce and Remarriage.-An Affinograph Method of Assessing Same Gender Couples.-Affiars and Ephemeral Relations with Lasting Consequences.-Focused Affinographs in Family Therapy.-Affinology: The Affinograph Method for Genealogy.-Future of the Affinograph
Introduction: What is an Affinograph?- Why Affinographs?-Constructing Affinographs.- Critical Issues in Protecting Children and Servicing Families.- Patterns of Divorce and Remarriage.- An Affinograph Method of Assessing Same Gender Couples.- Affiars and Ephemeral Relations with Lasting Consequences.- Focused Affinographs in Family Therapy.- Affinology: The Affinograph Method for Genealogy.- Future of the Affinograph.
The need for a new method for assessment and imaging of families, couples, and individuals has emerged in response to changes in family forms during the twentieth century. In the twentieth century divorce, remarriage, out-of wedlock child bearing, and alternate life styles have replaced monogamy as predominant form of marriage and the family. The methods of representation and assessment on the other hand remain based on the nineteenth century eugenics models embedded in the modern day genograms. This book is based on the premise that changes in family structure require changes in methods of representation, assessment, research, and teaching. This book introduces such a method in the form of a model named the affinograph. The affinograph provides a method which allows a greater respect for individuals, especially if their relationships contradict the preconceived institutional notions of marriage and the family.
Improvement in visualizing families of various types and complexities can make affinographs an important new method that can bring together the theory, research, and application across varied disciplines that comprise family sciences.
Provides a model that uses relationships not individuals as fundamental units of analysis
Links individual experience with theoretical and pedagogical models
Presents a heuristic device for twenty-first century families
Examines the full scope of relationships, from short-term to life-long