It is a graphic representation of a family tree that displays detailed data on relationships among individuals.
Genograms are used in a variety of fields such as medicine, psychology, social work, genealogy, genetic research, and education.
They contain a wealth of information on the families represented. They contain basic data found in family trees such as the name, gender, date of birth, and date of death of each individual. Additional data may include education, occupation, major life events, chronic illnesses, social behaviors, nature of family relationships, emotional relationships, and social relationships. Some genograms also include information on disorders running in the family such as alcoholism, depression, diseases, alliances, and living situations. Genograms can vary significantly because there is no limitation as to what type of data can be included.
Genograms allow to quickly identify and understand various patterns in the patient's family history which may have had an influence on the patient's current situation..
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Adapted from GenoPro. Internet. Accessed on October 4, 2017.