Re: Personal projects analysis and rep grids

Tim A. Connor (
Sun, 28 Feb 1999 11:20:33 -0800 (PST)

On Sat, 27 Feb 1999, Devi Jankowicz wrote:

> Writing about the Project Cross-Impact matrix, Bob Green writes:
> >The application I envisage is a couple, who have generated constructs such
> >as happiness, communication, going out and spare time. The impact of
> >happiness on communication etc could be rated for each paired comparison; by
> >each person. Then the ratings by each person could be compared.
> I haven't come across this sort of grid: or is it the name of a software
> package?
> BTW, when working with people in pairs, I've found simple exchange grids
> helpful. I'm sure you could use them with couples.

This is actually my project, which Bob has kindly been consulting on.

The elements in the grid are relationships: the couple's own relationship
at various stages, from first meeting into the near future, as well as a
few other relationships that may serve as "working models." Constructs
are elicited from each partner, and the ones they consider most important
are combined in a single grid which is then given to both partners for
rating. The idea is to use the grid to analyze partners' constructions of
the history of their relationship and identify discrepancies that might
point to salient issues for therapy. (The grid is used as a springboard
to more open ended exploration).

Exchange grid methods were considered, but rejected as making the
procedure too time-consuming for practical clinical use.

That said, I'm not sure what Bob's question was about, never having heard
of project cross-impact analysis. But it sounds interesting.


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