Spiritual genograms: A generational approach to assessing spirituality

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Clients' spiritual and religious beliefs are often significantly shaped by family influences, particularly among many minority populations. Spiritual genograms offer an assessment method that highlights the spiritual and religious strengths that may exist within clients' families and depicts how these multi-generational dynamics inform current spiritual functioning. Information is provided on how to construct a spiritual genogram, as well as how to conduct an assessment elicit spiritual strengths, and shift toward planning interventions. A case study is delineated, a number of spiritually-based interventions that flow from the instrument are reviewed, and sample questions are provided. The paper concludes by offering a number of suggestions as to when spiritual genograms may be particularly applicable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-48
Number of pages14
JournalFamilies in Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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