ThriveSpheres are qualitative in nature.
They capture an extensive
amount of information as subjective ratings about a couple's
perceptions of their relationship.
As a result, each couple's sphere-charts is unique, both in relation
to other couples, and in relation to each time a ThriveSphere is taken
by the same couple. ThriveSpheres are sensitive to each partner's present
experience and therefor subject to change over time.
The ThriveSphere tool provides researchers the ability to study
how couples change across time resulting from counseling, healthy marriage
education, natural relationship development or deterioration. Partners'
nodal responses and the spherical configurations they create, plus the
couples own explanation
interpretation of their ThriveSphere-Charts, promise a greater understanding
of how couples live, love and change.
Coordinators and consultants for ThriveSphere research are:
University of Arkansas
University of Minnesota.
(Dr Wackman is also a
co-developer of the COUPLE
Since ThriveSphere is a new tool, we are in
the initial stages of studying couple change with this instrument. We
welcome for review any well designed research proposals to study couple
ThriveSpheres. Please contact ICP.
is a way to see, and then to experience, the foundational
of a healthy relationship, and it helps you to shore up a
sometimes shaky foundation.
Jeffrey D Hamilton, LCSW
United Church of Christ Minister Fellow,
American Association of Pastoral Counselors