Genogram and Eco-Map
Generally, all works of art and science should be clear, accurate, and easy to understand and interpret. Particularly, the ability to present scientific data in a clear and easy to understand manner is one of the highest attributes of a great scientist. Consequently, psychologists use a genogram and an eco-map to illustrate the family tree of a patient and describe their challenges. In light of this, this paper will present a case of Jessica, a teenager who is experiencing psychological pressure due to her unstable home.
Basically, a genogram is the representation of family members last three generations and their relationships. Consequently, it looks like a family tree or a genealogy chart (Shaefor & Horejsi, 2008). Importantly, a genogram is able to show intricate information about an individual’s family. Additionally, information of the genogram may show repeated behaviors within the family. In brief, a genogram is clear and variables are easy to recognize.
Notably, this paper will present the genogram for Jessica. Additionally, there will be a key describing important features used when making the chart. Importantly, the genogram will show Jessica using a painted image.
Figure 1. Genogram Chart
Basically, an eco-map is a diagram that shows all the ecological systems that affect the client and his/her family (Hodge, 2005). Additionally, this system is simple to use and interpret. Moreover, modification of the system to various methods is possible depending on what the researcher is investigating.
Figure 2. Jessica’s Eco-map
Stressful/ negative connection Energy Flow and attention Strong Connection
Male Female Weak/ No Connection Positive Connection
To conclude, a genogram and an eco-map are important scientific tools of illustrating the family relationships of an individual. Importantly, these diagrams give relevant details on the family and societal issues that affect an individual. Consequently, they are important scientific tools that all researchers should learn to develop and interpret.
Hodge, D. (2005). Developing a spiritual assessment toolbox. A discussion of the strengths and limitations of five different assessment methods. Health and Social Work, 30, 314-323.
Shaefor, B., & Horejsi, C. (2008). Data collection assessment: Genograms and ecomapping only. In B. Shaefor, & C. Horejsi. Techniques guidelines for social work practice (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.