The Request: Carman Crowe, a famous writer and director, discloses to
you that he has been struggling horribly with the details for his next movie. Specifically, he tells you that he has been
commissioned to produce a dramatic, but very realistic script that is based upon
family relations. The problem is that he has been
unable to decide "who should play what part".
He knows he needs:
at least one major hero (or heroine),
two or more minor heroes (or heroines),
at least one major antihero (or
one or more minor antiheroes (or
He asks for your assistance. You agree to help him.
The Materials: He leads you into his
study, and asks you to sit at his desk. On the desk is a row of four small
ballot boxes. The box on the extreme left is marked with two minus signs ( - - )
and has the words "major antiheros" written upon it. Its
nearest neighbour is marked with a single minus sign ( - ) and has the words
"minor antiheros" written upon it. The third box is
marked with a single plus sign (+) and the words "minor heroes".
The box on the extreme right has two plus signs ( + + ) and says "major
The Task: He picks up a deck of 16
cards from the desk. Each card has a phrase typed on it, like "foster
parent" or "cousin", that represents a specific family role. He
shuffles the deck vigorously and then hands it to you while providing the
"Work your way through the deck,
one card at a time. Start with the card on top. Read it silently, and then
consider what the role depicted means to you. Take as much time as you need to
come to the most realistic appraisal possible given your personal experiences
and thoughts. Then place that card into one of these four boxes to show how
you feel someone in that role should be cast in the movie. The only
restriction is that every box must end up with at least one
card in it."
First, complete Part
1 to show your gender, age and stepfamily history.
Then complete Part 2 to show
which roles you would assign to each of the individuals depicted.
There are no "right" or "wrong" answers.
Every item requires a response from you. All of the information you provide is
PART 1: Demographic
Indicate your gender
and your age
Are you currently living in a
Have you lived in a stepfamily in
PART 2: Assigning Roles: Select
the role that best fits the individual depicted.
That's it. Now hit the "Submit" button
once to send your answers to the Stepfamily Foundation of Alberta. In a few
seconds you will receive a confirmation message indicating if your answers
were successfully transmitted.
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