Using Couple and Family Maps: a simple visual representation of how couples perceive their relationship

The PREPARE/ENRICH Couple and Family Maps are powerful tools that provide couples with a simple visual representation of how they each perceive their relationship on the dimensions of “closeness” and “flexibility”.

Key factors in understanding the Couple and Family Map:

    The Maps use two major dimensions (“closeness” and “flexibility”) to describe twenty-five (25) types of relationships. These are grouped into three basic categories: balanced, mid-range and unbalanced.

    1. Balanced exhibit balanced levels on both closeness and flexibility. This tends to be most functional for couples and families as it enables them to cope well when under stress. These couples and families balance their needs for separateness and togetherness while also maintaining a balance between stability and the capacity to adapt to change.

    2. Mid-range are typically balanced on one dimension (closeness or flexibility) but unbalanced on the other. These couples and families generally function well in a variety of circumstances, although stressful events and certain transitions (e.g., births or deaths) can cause problems.

    3. Unbalanced are unbalanced in both closeness and flexibility. These couples and families are at the extremes or outer edges of the map. They typically have difficulty negotiating levels of intimacy that enable all family members to feel included and nurtured. They also struggle in their attempts to stay organized as a unit, and in their abilities to adapt to change.

#PREPARE/ENRICH is a customised online assessment tool that identifies each couples unique strength and growth areas. Based on their assessment results, a facilitator provides feedback sessions, helping couples to discuss and understand their results while teaching them proven relationship skills.

For more information on the PREPARE/ENRICH Couple and Family Maps or to simply set up a couple on the tool, please contact: or call today (02) 9520 4049 #prepareenrich

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