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Documenting a time-bound, circular view of hierarchies: a microanalysis of parent-infant dyadic interaction.
Publication types: Journal Article ; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov'tPublication Status: ppublish
This article presents a new theory that separates the levels of communication and relates them circularly, namely, by separating time from space/meaning variables. Documenting this proposition requires sequential microdescriptions--a far-out project in the field of family therapy. In an extensive study of clinical and nonclinical families, starting with available microanalytic data on nonverbal parent-infant dialogue, distinct time organizations have been found to modify the degree of circularity between the levels of interaction according to the observed types of engagement, that is, consensual, conflictual, and paradoxical. The double description of the dyad as a totality versus the dyad as a framing/developing organization imparts crucial information on how development proceeds in dyadic, co-evolutive systems, and presumably in larger ones too. In this perspective, a model is elaborated and then applied to a case description in our therapeutic consultation.
Communication, Family Therapy, Humans, Infant, Models, Psychological, Parent-Child Relations
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