Sociometry and Familial Status-Role Relations
Keywords:sociometric, statuses, family, relations, social group, psychodrama, cognitive roles, sociogramm
One of the contemporary social psychology directions, sociometry, has played a vital role in small groups investigation. That direction was formed, developed and widely applied in the first decades of 20th century by Moreno who was first of all concerned with primary, i. e. intimate, emotional relations of people in small groups, emergence of feelings among group members such as sympathy and dislike, love and hatred, respect and contempt, the desire to be in mutual communication or isolation from each other, etc. With the help of sociometric method created and currently applied by Moreno the latter tries revealing such inter-group relations that are nearly not perceptible for “naked eyes“ (to observe superficially), however they often have serious, sometimes also critical influence on people’s behavior and state of mind. And though there has been put forth the viewpoint that sociometry is not as efficient in family investigation as when studying other small and medium groups, nevertheless, family sociometric research is compulsory and useful for investigating family psychology.
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