Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Genogram in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Kamran K. EshtehardiEmail author
  • Molly F. Gasbarrini
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_351

Name of Strategy or Intervention

Genogram in Couple and Family Therapy


Family diagram; Lapidus schematic; McGoldrick–Gerson study


A genogram is a visual map of a family where relationships, medical history, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and many other variables can be represented using symbols, colors, or lines. Genograms, like family trees, graphically display a family’s lineage, but go beyond lineage by visually representing other variables relevant to the treatment of a family, couple, or individual. Genograms are constructed using standardized guidelines that enable a clinician or client to accurately portray complex familial structures, relationships, and patterns in a language that can be understood by many. Genograms are also flexible in that they allow for unique and uncommon variables to be represented visually when presented alongside a key indicating the designations.

Genograms can aid in assessment and treatment when used in couple or family...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International UniversityLos AngelesUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Douglas C. Breunlin
    • 1
  1. 1.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA