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    Genograms redrawn: lesbian couples define their families

    Swainson, M. and Tasker, Fiona (2005) Genograms redrawn: lesbian couples define their families. Journal of GLBT Family Studies 1 (2), pp. 3-28. ISSN 1550-428X.

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    One of the challenges faced by GLBT families is defining and representing family relationships in a way that is not constrained by heterosexist notions of family. This study explores the usefulness of asking lesbian couples to depict family relationships by adapting the genogram (family tree) techniques used in family therapy. Six lesbian couples were asked to construct their own family tree and to comment on the process. Genograms were found to be useful but needed to be redrawn, for example, with tiers and circles rather than traditional symbols. Drawing and redrawing genograms highlighted the importance of acceptance and affirmation versus homophobia and heterosexism in defining family relationships for the lesbian couples interviewed.


    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2020 09:36
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:58


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