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Using Genograms as a Methodology For Understanding Family Dynamics

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Theory Construction and Research Methodology (TCRM) Workshop 2021

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2021-11-02 to 2021-11-03


Genograms are an important tool used by clinicians and therapists working with families, however; the use of genograms in research has not reached its full potential. In this working paper, we propose a methodology for using genograms as a research instrument. We propose a three step process which includes: 1) qualitative coding of transcripts, 2) superimposing of concepts on genograms, and 3) genogram comparison across families. Following this method of analysis, genograms can be used to identify common dynamics across families and illustrate how various family interactions lead to a variety of phenomena such as Elder Family Financial Exploitation (EFFE).