The Basic Genogram
As presented in Chapter 1, the Basic Genogram is the organizing genogram for the MFG and the template for the Focused Genograms. Keeping in mind that the MFG allows for a comprehensive individual and family assessment, the Basic Genogram begins the process by providing the clinician an overview of the level of functioning for the family system. The specific topics that are explored in the Basic Genogram include overall assessment of functioning, marriage and divorce patterns, affairs, birth order, adoption, infertility and pregnancy loss, self-esteem, health and illness, and addictions.
This chapter uses a structure that is used in the chapters on Focused Genograms. The first part of the chapter briefly describes ...