Jenson, K., & Cornelson, B. M. (1987). Eco-maps: A systems tool for family physicians. Canadian Family Physician, 33, 172-177. Although an older article and not specifically geared towards MFTs, it’s a quick guide to preparing an eco-map, which is why it was selected.
Amadini, M. (2015). Transition to parenthood and intergenerational relationships: the ethical value of family memory. Ethics and Education, 10, 36-48. Interesting elaboration about the ways family memories facilitate identity and connections between generations.
Ungar, M. (2015). Varied patterns of family resilience in challenging contexts. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42, 19-31. Ungar reminds us that families function in context and interface with other systems. He presents a map for understanding family resilience in context.
Note: The resources below are suggested, optional readings intended to enhance your understanding of the content.
Walsh, F. (2012). Normal family processes, fourth edition: Growing diversity and complexity. New York, NY: Guilford Press. Walsh fleshes out varied elements of the family life cycle perspective, including key transitions, cultural differences, and the role of rituals.
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