Genograms (Paperback)

Assessment and Intervention

By Monica McGoldrick, Randy Gerson, Ph.D., Sueli Petry, Ph.D.

W. W. Norton & Company, 9780393705096, 416pp.

Publication Date: February 17, 2008

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Widely used by both family therapists and all health care professionals, the genogram is a graphic way of organizing the mass of information gathered during a family assessment and finding patterns in the family system for more targeted treatment.

Now updated and expanded in its third edition, and featuring revised genograms for easier reading, reflecting the growing and widespread use of genograms for clinical intervention, this best-selling text provides a standard method for constructing a genogram, doing a genogram interview, and interpreting the results. Genograms of famous families—Sigmund Freud, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow, the Kennedys, Jane Fonda and Ted Turner, Bill Clinton, Princess Diana, the Roosevelts, and Thomas Jefferson, to name a few—bring the text to life, and help to elucidate the principles of family systems theory and systemic interviewing, which form the basis of genogram work. Once these principles have been explained, the authors go on to present the important clinical applications of genograms in both family therapy and family medicine. These applications include the effective assessment of patients’ risk for emotional problems such as anxiety or depression; structural patterns among families such as divorce and remarriage; relationship patterns such as enmeshment, conflicts, and cut-offs; recent and chronic life stressors such as pregnancy, acute illness, poverty, and racism; and family life cycle transitions and developmental crises, among other uses. By providing a fascinating view into the richness of family dynamics, McGoldrick and her coauthors provide an invaluable guide to clinicians for accurately charting a family’s structure, making it easier to scan for potential problems and take proactive steps to utilize resources when necessary.

About the Author

Monica McGoldrick, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D., is co-founder and director of the Multicultural Family Institute in Highland Park, New Jersey, and adjunct faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her books include Ethnicity and Family Therapy, Third Edition, Genograms: Assessment and Intervention, Second Edition, The Expanded Family Life Cycle, Third Edition and The Genogram Journey.

Randy Gerson, Ph.D., was Director of Atlanta College for Systemic Thinking until his death in 1995.

Sueli Petry, Ph.D., is an Associate Faculty Member of the Multicultural Family Institute and is in private practice.

Praise For Genograms: Assessment and Intervention

[H]ighly recommend this book for all who would like to supplement their practice with this valuable therapeutic tool.

[S]eminal….While aimed at psychologists, family therapists, and social workers, this book is not overly scientific and certainly not too technical for the lay reader….Genealogists may find this book valuable on several levels.

Monica McGoldrick, godmother of genograms, has
triumphed again with this third edition of her classic text…Readers accustomed
to McGoldrick’s authority, insight and compassion will not be
disappointed…Genograms are predominantly used by family therapists; however, in
this book McGoldrick and colleagues do much to broaden their appeal. General
adult psychiatrists will be interest in the practical application of community
genograms…There are few scholarly books that entertain, delight and educate in
equal measures. This is one of them.

[A] seminal work….new edition has been expanded to incorporate slightly modified symbols to enhance the clinical and research settings.

[A]n almost overwhelming array of riches….I recommend it highly.

This book continues to be the definitive work in
the field. An excellent, comprehensive and beautifully written and illustrated
text, the third edition is a must-read for both experienced and novice family
therapists as well as all clinicians working with families in mental health and
medical care settings. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this superbly written
updated text.
— Robert C. Like, MD, MS, Professor and Director, Center for Healthy Families and Cultural Diversity, UMDNJ- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

With searching insight and compassion, master
clinician McGoldrick and her coauthors have done it again! By providing a
crucial framework for understanding family experience in the context of
history, and offering helpful questions to ask family members when constructing
genograms, McGoldrick explores the power of stories to promote change. All in
all, a delightfully wise, elegant, helpful, and practical clinical book.
— Maureen Leahey, RN, PhD, Manager, Calgary Health Region Outpatient Mental Health, Calgary, Alberta