Cook, W. L.
Mother’s family psychology: A social relations model analysis of maternal perceptions of the family system
Knowledge about family relationships was once based primarily on reports provided by mothers. Recognition of discrepancies in the reports of different family members motivated attempts at more objective descriptions of the family system, including latent variable models that took advantage of multiple family informants to create consensus-based descriptions of the family. This study takes a new look at the maternal perspectives on the family system, treating them as important in their own right. Two hundred and eight mothers provided ratings on positivity in each of the family relationships in their two-parent two-child families. Analysis of these data using the family version of the social relations model (SRM) offered a unique window into “mother’s family psychology.” The round-robin SRM family assessment was applied to data provided by two mothers to explore how individual perspectives on the family might inform therapist-client discussions within the context of individual therapy.Back