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Dissertation

The Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB) and the Family and Cohesion Scale (FACES III): An empirical comparison

16 December 1988

Abstract

The Family Adaptation and Cohesion Evaluation Scale version III (FACES III) was compared to the Structural Analysis of Social Behavior (SASB). Both questionnaires were administered to a population of 106 subjects comprising four different groups: jail inmates, alcohol diversion clients, post-hospital psychiatric patients, and mental health professionals. Cohesion was found to be associated with Affiliation but Adaptation had no relationship to Autonomy. Differences were found between Balanced and Extreme type families when compared across SASB quadrants. The Extreme type family was characterized as having low Affiliation. The Extreme child's self-esteem was effected more by the relationship with the father than with the mother. The Extreme child sees his parents' behavior as more conflicted than his own. The Extreme child behaves more autonomously with the father but receives more affiliative interactions from the mother. Extreme type families exhibited lower Internal Consistency and appeared to have less healthy family interactions. Factor analysis on Autonomy, Affiliation, Attack, Control, Conflict, and Internal Consistency revealed underlying constructs for family interactions.


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