This paper explores the utility of triadic analysis as a conceptual tool for clinical sociologists. Departing from earlier research on patterns of interaction, triads are emphasized over dyads as the structural basis of both micro- and macro-processes, and interdependency is recognized as a decisive influence in the formation and dynamics of triads.
Clinical examples and applications of triadic analysis suggest that stress and conflict within a dyad prompt its members to seek out a third party to neutralize the tension. A third party functions to stabilize the dyad, in some cases as participant in a new dyadic coalition within the triad. Until the original dyadic stress is effectively lowered, third parties are continuously sought. This predictable outreach creates networks that stabilize dyads and relationship systems.
Hall, C. Margaret
"Triadic Analysis: A Conceptual tool for Clinical Sociologists,"
Clinical Sociology Review:
1, Article 12.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/csr/vol7/iss1/12