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How to Give a Written Analysis of a Genogram

by Sarah Vrba

Genograms are similar to family trees, but they include detailed information about relationships and health issues within a family. Genograms are often used by therapists and in medical situations to understand common familial and genetic patterns. Many genograms become extremely complex, so giving a written analysis of a genogram will involve focusing in on key aspects of the overall chart, while also representing major trends in health and relationships.

Choose what aspect of the genogram you would like to analyze. For example, genograms may focus on the relationships between all members of the family as well as their health history. Try focusing on just the romantic relationships of the genogram, or analyzing the common genetic traits passed down over the generations.

Write an introductory paragraph that details what you define as the family under analysis. For example, the genogram may focus on the mother's side of the family, or on grandparents, parents and children. Introduce the reader to the general traits you will analyze in the following paragraphs.

Write body paragraphs, with each paragraph focusing on a specific aspect of the genogram. For example, the relationship between fathers and daughters in a family may be one aspect of the genogram you want to discuss. Another example would be the overall health of all the women in the family. Each paragraph should be introduced with a topic sentence that introduces your reader to the topic under discussion. For example: "Women in the Lawrence family tend to have a long lifespan, despite a wide range of differences in lifestyles." Continue the paragraph by detailing specific examples of the women in the family, their lifestyles and their health.

Write a conclusion that reviews all of the main topics you discussed in the body of the analysis. This last paragraph should take a step back and look at the overall trends or developments of the genogram. Note down any major connections concerning the family tree.

Tip

  • Attach a copy of the genogram to the written analysis, as well as making the chart available to an audience in an oral presentation.

About the Author

Sarah Vrba has been a writer and editor since 2006. She has contributed to "Seed," "AND Magazine," Care2 Causes and "202 Magazine," among other outlets, focusing on fashion, pop culture, style and identity. Vrba holds an M.A. in history with an emphasis on gender and fashion in the 19th century.

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