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Family Genogram Project

Liberty University

Family Genogram Project
The purpose of a student construing a genogram is to help a student gain an understanding of his/her family background. By gaining knowledge of one family it can help the student assist other understand how to help their clients. However, genograms backbone is a graphic depiction of how different family member are biologically, legally, and emotionally related to one another from one generation to the next (McGoldrick, Gerson &Petry, 2007, p.21). A genogram display “family information graphically in a way that provides a quick gestalt of complex family patterns; as such they are a rich source of hypotheses about how clinical problem evolve in the context of the family over time” (McGoldrick, Gerson & Petry, 2007, p. 2). A genogram is a pictorial diagram which can show anything from family relationships to medical history” Also., “complexity of a family’s complex, including family history, patterns, and events that may behave ongoing significance for patient care” (McGoldrick, Gerson & Petry, 2007, p. 4). Genograms allow individuals to identify patterns of behaviors and hereditary tendencies. The primary purpose of genograms is to engage the family in visually summarizing and illustrating familial relationships and patterns of behavior within a family system in support of family assessment and intervention planning. They have been known to record family problems, medical issues, psychological issues and personal relationships going back at least three generations of the family. Important factors included in a genogram is age, sex, ethnicity, religion, race, sexual orientation, migration information and class to be able to make accurate diagnoses. For example, when you go to the doctor for the first time they give you a question asking you about all the information in a genogram. My whole entire family, on both my mother and father side, are practicing Catholics. Even though, we are all different ethnicity within my mother and fathers family we are similar in religious belief. I have a close relationship with my family. My example of a good relationship is my mother and grandmother interaction with one another. They are so awesome to be around, they act like they are still in their youths. For example, when we go to my grandmother home for holidays my mother has the same job of preparing the food for my grandmother. However, that has been her job since she was a young girl. My mother is my favorite person in this entire world. She raised me and taught me everything I know about how to be a woman. I love her more than anything on this earth. I don't think words can express how much I love and appreciate her for being there to guild me though my good and bad times. The following paper outline the assessment and analysis of the three generation of Knight and Spears’ families, its relationship, health pattern, habits, tradition and structure. “Assessing the family will help me understand my family so I can be able to know the key developments in relationship, health, and so on over the life cycle of the family” (McGoldrick, Gerson &Petry,2007.p 3). It will help provide myself with a clear understand of my family. The interview was conducted by my maternal grandmother first generation of ten and my mother in law a second generation of one. When I take a look at my family genogram it is really amazing how much was known on my mother’s side of the family and how little is known about my father’s side of the family. According to the research my mother’s side of the family has done, I have part African American and Hispanic. On my dad’s side of the family is part African American and French. My maternal grandmother was one of three children born to my great grandfather. She has two brothers and one sister. My grandmother is still alive and so are her siblings. My Grandfather was one of three...
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