Understanding and working with Stepfamilies

Module Sections:

Family FIRO Concepts

Each domain has several subcategories that are reflected in the following table:

Categories

Subcategories and Descriptive Terms

Inclusion:

Structure

Connectedness

Shared Meaning

Interactions

related to bonding

and organization

Boundaries

Role Organization

Alliance

Membership

Position

Nurturance

Involvement

Commitment

Belonging

Affiliation

Identity

Loyalty

Rituals

Values

World View

 

Control:

Dominating

Reactive

Collaborative

Interactions

relating to influence

and power during conflict

Confrontation

Coercion

Manipulation

Dictating

Discipline

Resistance

Rebellion

Submission

Withdrawal

Disobedience

Negotiation

Compromise

Balancing

Give and Take

Working Through

   

Intimacy:

   

Interactions relating to open self-disclosure and close personal exchanges

 

Mutual sharing of feelings

Relating to one another as unique personalities

Emotionally close sexual interactions

Sharing vulnerabilities

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