Genograms and Family Behavior Patterns Analytical Essay by Spider

An analysis of a genogram and how it can be used to understand behavior patterns within the family.
# 152176 | 1,077 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | KE
Published on Jan 10, 2013 in Psychology (Theory) , Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues) , Sociology (General)

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This paper explains that a pictorial demonstration of an individual's family relationships is referred to as a genogram, and this is a useful tool that not only allows us to understand family origins, but also the way in which different members in the family interact. The paper discusses how the information gathered from a genogram is analyzed using the family system to gain deeper insight on behavioral patterns within a family. The paper provides a genogram of this author's family to illustrate the effectiveness of the family systems theory in explaining family life.

From the Paper:

"A pictorial demonstration of an individual's family relationships is referred to as a genogram. It offers more detail than the traditional family tree given the fact that it lets one analyze both the psychological or hereditary patterns that determine the nature of relationships. It is useful in the identification of behavioral patterns and it also helps in the recognition of hereditary tendencies. Genograms contain information ranging from the names of individuals to how these individuals relate to one another. (DeMaria, 1999) Colour coded lines define the different types of relationships within a lineage. Some of the relationships highlighted include emotional, family or social relationships. Genograms also provide an in-depth analysis of the emotional relationships elucidating how each individual relates to members of the family. The emotional relationships that bond individuals together are represented by colour coded lines. The social relationships highlight how non-related individuals interact.
"Genograms are useful because they allow genealogists to accurately represent complex family trees in easily understood graphs. The complexity arises from the fact that all information is included. This information includes reconstituted families, divorces, adoptions and strained relationships. This information will then aid in the identification sibling rivalry, naming patterns and immigration patterns."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Broderick C. B., (1993) Understanding family process: Basics of family systems theory. USA: SAGE. ISBN 0803937784
  • DeMaria R., (1999) Focused genograms: Intergenerational assessment of individuals, couples, and families. USA: Psychology Press. ISBN 0876308817
  • Galindo I., Boomer E., & Reagan D., (2006) A family genogram workbook. USA: Educational Consultants. ISBN 097157653X
  • Papero D. V., (1990) Bowen family systems theory. The University of Michigan: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN 0205125190
  • Titelman P., (1998) Clinical applications of Bowen family systems theory. USA: Routledge. ISBN 0789004682

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