Saturday, September 24, 2011

What I Learned This Week:

This week in Family Relations, we were asked to focus on a few readings to prepare for future assignments in the class.  I learned how a genogram works. One of our articles explained how to read a genogram and form one for when we eventually interview a family later this semester. It helped me to get a feel for what kind of questions I might ask as well when I am ready to interview them.
It also talked about rigid boundaries, permeable or clear boundaries, and poor or overly permeable boundaries.
Rigid boundaries are when a family isn't super open and "warm". They are very closed and it is common if their neighbors don't know much about their personal lives.
Permeable or clear boundaries are a healthy degree and quality exchange of information takes place. They are open to those around them.
Poor or overly permeable boundaries are when the boundaries are easily violated maybe due to lax rules and they are very open/overly-open and most likely unclear.
We also discussed in class the pros and cons of research. I feel like the comments in class helped me to understand how to better approach the whole idea of research topics. The dangers of research is that we don't always have accurate numbers due to:
How many people took the survey?
How truthful were people when they took the survey?
How accurate was the count? etc., etc., etc.
I'm excited for the things we'll learn next week!

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