Analysis of the Familiar Functioning of Amazonian Riverside Communities: Ecological Engagement, Naturalistic Observations, and Use of Structured Situations

  • Simone Souza da Costa Silva
  • Fernando Augusto Ramos Pontes
  • Sarah Daniele Baia da Silva
  • Daniele Castro Reis
  • Leila Said Assef Mendes


The investigation of family functioning, more than characterizing the structure of the studied families, also makes it possible to know ethnographically the culture of the studied population. From an Ecological Engagement perspective, it intends to an epistemological approach that aims both to unveil a structure and a family dynamic and reveal the ethnography profile of the culture in which these families are involved. Using the research experience of an Amazonian riverside community this chapter proposes to exemplify a strategy that combines naturalistic observations and the use of structured situations. It is understood that the instruments of evaluation of the structure and dynamics depend on the process of Ecological Engagement, with particular emphasis on the field notes. Three types of structured situations are described, based on traditional procedures from the familiar systemic perspective, namely: the miriti, the problem solutions, and the photos. In the end, the aspects of how the Ecological Engagement is a methodological strategy that allows both the development and adequacy of a particular methodology as well as the analysis of a given development context are discussed.


Family structure and dynamics Naturalistic observations Structured situations Amazonian riverside people 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Simone Souza da Costa Silva
    • 1
  • Fernando Augusto Ramos Pontes
    • 1
  • Sarah Daniele Baia da Silva
    • 1
  • Daniele Castro Reis
    • 2
  • Leila Said Assef Mendes
    • 1
  1. 1.Universidade Federal do ParáBelémBrazil
  2. 2.Universidade Federal Rural da AmazôniaManausBrazil

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