This scholarly paper is an interpretive analysis of the comprehensive genogram illustration which highlights trends in family relationships, marital status, family issues, family patterns of mental illness, and substance abuse.

Develop a scholarly paper that addresses the following criteria: 

Complete a 5-6 page in-depth analysis of the information gained in the family genogram.

Three issues should be addressed in this narrative:

  1. Define what the term “family” means to you and describe how your definition of family influenced the content of the genogram. Include cultural, spiritual and ethnic influences in your response.
  2. Describe your family’s structure.  Include household composition, sibling constellations, unusual family configurations and multiple families, i.e., foster care, adoption, stepfamilies, and god-families.  Provide specific examples of open-type, closed-type, or random-type communication and the presence of boundaries, if any.  
  3. Discuss your reasons for excluding family members that may have been logical to include.
  4. Use key terms to interpret the family dynamics and communication and how it impacts the family.  
  5. Interpret the family’s patterns and functioning between and within generations.  Provide specific examples to explain the family’s relationship with each other i.e., relationship dynamics between generations and intergenerational and family member roles.  Use key terms to interpret life events like marriages, divorces, transitions, traumas, family secrets, and critical life changes.