I wish to thank Amy Bibb, Randy Hill, and Barbara Dorsey for their critique of an earlier version of the African American genogram. I also thank Derise Tolliver and Monica McGoldrick for their helpful comments on an earlier version of this article.
Toward an African American Genogram†
Version of Record online: 28 JUL 2004
Volume 36, Issue 4, pages 375–383, December 1997
How to Cite
WATTS-JONES, D. (1997), Toward an African American Genogram. Family Process, 36: 375–383. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.1997.00375.x
- Issue online: 28 JUL 2004
- Version of Record online: 28 JUL 2004
- Manuscript received December 26, 1995; Revisions submitted December 26, 1995; Accepted January 22, 1997.
This article addresses the inadequacy of the standard genogram for African American families because of its underlying assumption that “family” is strictly a biological entity. The author suggests that this assumption is not culturally valid for African American families who have a long history of defining “family” as a kinship based on biological and functional ties. Using this conceptualization, an African American genogram is proposed.