In case of a disease, the family system can function as a burden or a resource and support system. The genogram (a visual depiction of the patient’s family relationships and other relevant information) helps the doctor to get a clear understanding of symptoms, life events, and diseases across three generations. The different phases of the family dialogue are: joining, context and mission clarification, questions about family dynamics and psychological resources and challanges, treatment planning, and conclusion of the interview. The following communication techniques can proof to be useful tools in conducting a family interview: direct disease-related questions, indirect or circular questions, and hypothetical questions.
KeywordsLife cycles Family as a resource Family as a burden Genogram Family interview Circular questions Hypothetical questions Impartiality
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