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Spiritual ecomaps: a new diagrammatic tool for assessing marital and family spirituality

Author: Hodge, D.R.
Author Background:
Date 4/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Marital-and-Family-Therapy
Volume/Pages 26(2): 217-228
Subject Matter Spirituality; Family therapy; Assessment instruments, Ecomaps
Abstract This paper develops a new diagrammatic spiritual assessment tool, the spiritual ecomap, for use with individuals, couples, and families. While a genogram portrays a family's history over time, a spiritual ecomap provides a valuable supplement by depicting a family's current relationships to critical ecological systems in space. The spiritual ecomap is based upon an anthropological framework conceptualized in the spiritual formation tradition and can be used with families from diverse spiritual traditions. A case study is used to familiarize the reader with the instrument, and offer suggestions for its application. (Journal abstract, edited.)