Karen Gail Lewis, EdD, is Associate Professor, Catholic University of America, National Catholic School of Social Services-Shahan Hall, Washington, DC 20024.
THE USE OF COLOR-CODED GENOGRAMS IN FAMILY THERAPY
Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 169–176, April 1989
How to Cite
Lewis, K. G. (1989), THE USE OF COLOR-CODED GENOGRAMS IN FAMILY THERAPY. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 15: 169–176. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.1989.tb00796.x
The author wishes to express appreciation to the members of the Eating Disorders staff, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, who participated in the creation of the color-coded genogram: Susan Wooley, PhD; Lee DeRhodes, MSW; Wayne Wooley, PhD.
- Issue published online: 8 JUN 2007
- Article first published online: 8 JUN 2007
A variable color-coding system has been added to the standard family genogram. Characteristics or issues associated with a particular presenting problem or for a particular family are arbitrarily assigned a color. The family is then asked to mark each family member with the colors that represent characteristics that fit. Advantages of the color-coding are presented, followed by clinical examples of the color-coding as an assessment tool and as a family task during treatment.