The Additive Pathology and Family Repetition: Transgenerational Problematic Nodes

Ana Marques Lito, Ana Margarida Ferreira


Aim: The main objective of this study was to operationalize and validate the operative concept of “Problematic-Nodes”, find profiles and, when possible, family typologies to implement intervention approaches. Method: Thirty sibling pairs (substance users/non-users), with a mean of age 37.12 years, participated in this mixed design study. The participants were given the Hope Scale, an open answer question, and a semi-structured interview that analyses life trajectories in-depth. Results: The Family “Problematic-Node” is the most prominent in the group of drug users, and Social “Problematic-Node” is the most common in non-users. It is suggested the existence of six different profiles. Conclusion: The operative concept of “Problematic-Nodes” became operational and gave us the possibility to call it “transgenerational”, because it allowed us to analyse intergenerational and transgenerational narratives and trajectories of participants' lives. This proved to be an emotional complex that filters and analyses the life events, and the subjectivities about present and past family and social dynamics, and also gives us a perspective of the expectations regarding the future.


drug addiction; siblings; repetition; transgenerational Problematic-Nodes