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ERIC Number: ED403624
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 6
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Insights Gained from the Use of Genograms To Analyze Communication Dimensions in Family Systems.
Brommel, Bernard J.
Genograms (a "psychological" family tree) can reveal how the family communicates about its past. The drawing of the family tree becomes an exercise in communication. In a classroom assignment, students can do their own genogram or create one by doing interviews with a family to gain insights into various dimensions of the family's communication. Further uses of the genogram can facilitate exploration of decision making, power, patterns of dominance or submissiveness, interdependence within the family. Contradiction frequently occurs in the interrelationships among family members. Elements of the contradictions from a dialectical perspective can be found in many genograms. The superimposing of the lines of communication on the basic family facts of a family tree or genogram can illuminate many important facets of how the family communicates effectively or ineffectively over the generations. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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