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HDFS 200: Individual and Family Development

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HDFS 200 Assignment

The main project for this course is the Genogram Project.  You will be required to complete a genogram project.  There are two parts to this assignment: a family genogram (which is like a “family tree”) and a paper/report.

  • Genogram Diagram:Your genogram should include as much pertinent information as possible for each family member (ages, names, health status, education level, occupation for starters). It is also important to show graphically relationship quality indicators (marriage/divorce dates, length of cohabitation, highly conflictual/abusive relations, highly cohesive/supportive relations, etc.).
  • Genogram Report:
    • Your genogram paper should be written in MS Word, double-spaced, using 12-point font with a page MAXIMUM of 5 pages (including references).
    • You should include 6 sections in your paper and use the following headers:
      • INTRODUCTION, where you introduce the three themes that you will explore in your paper;
      • THEME 1: ________, which identifies the first theme to be examined. For each theme, be sure to draw linkages to course concepts and relate the theme to research findings in your text and in the extant literature. Be sure to provide references. Example themes might include a pattern of marital stability through the generations, a pattern of divorce and remarriage, parenting practices used across the generations, sibling relationships across the generations, single-parenting, health problems (e.g., diabetes, alcoholism, drug abuse, cancer, heart disease, mental health issues), commitment to education, etc. You should include a discussion of both micro-level processes and macro-level forces throughout the themes;
      • THEME 2: ________;
      • THEME 3: ________;
      • REFERENCES (typically students reference the course text and readings as well as any other resources utilized in applying your theme/pattern to your family system. For example, it is recommended that you find journal articles related to your themes or a helpful website—these should all be referenced to give credit where credit is due and to avoid plagiarism!  See the Write & Cite tab in this course guide for examples of how to cite sources in APA.

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