Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

You Can Go Home Again: Reconnecting with Your Family

Academic journal article Journal of Marital and Family Therapy

You Can Go Home Again: Reconnecting with Your Family

Article excerpt

When I look at the cumulative work of Monica McGoldrick, I cannot help but be amazed at the variety, strength, and diversity of her scholarship. Her name is associated with classics in the family therapy field in seemingly diverse areas such as development, race and ethnicity, death and loss, and genograms-just to name a few. Little did I realize that in all this diversity, McGoldrick was weaving a complex tapestry that she would pull together into a beautiful statement about family. In You Can Go Home Again, McGoldrick has combined very complex elements of her work to help the nonprofessional understand how to reconnect with his or her family of origin.

In order to help the reader understand family dynamics, families of famous individuals such as Benjamin Franklin, Katherine Hepburn, and Charles Dickens, as well as famous families such as the Marx brothers and the Kennedys are used as illustrations. Readers familiar with McGoldrick and Gerson's earlier work on genograms will recognize this illustrative approach. Using these diverse historical and popular families, the book examines family stories, myths, secrets, death and loss, sibling relationships, marriages, class, and culture. The reader will appreciate the lively and clear style of writing which makes complex elements of family functioning manageable. …

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