Cohesion is calculated based on distances between figures
on the board. Figures positioned on directly adjacent squares score maximum
cohesion while larger distances reflect less cohesive relations. Cross-generational
coalition: A parent-child dyad is more cohesive than the parental
Hierarchy is calculated based on number and height of blocks used to elevate
the figures. Same height of figures indicates egalitarian power structure.
The greater the difference in height, the more hierarchical the relationship.
Hierarchy reversal: The elevation of a child figure surpasses
that of a parent figure.
Types of relational structures
Classification of family structures is based on a combination of cohesion
and hierarchy. Both dimensions are scored as either high, medium or low.
A balanced structure refers to relations
with medium or high cohesion and medium hierarchy. The other family configurations
(i.e., problematic relational structures) are called either labile-balanced