Thursday, October 2, 2008

Can doing Genealogical Research Improve Family Functioning?

My local genealogy society received this request by email, and I thought my blog readers might want to participate. As far as I can tell, she wants as many participants as possible:


Dear Fellow Genealogists,

I am doing my doctoral dissertation in Clinical Psychology on “Genealogical Pursuit and Relationship with Family Functioning” at Argosy University in Minnesota. I am trying to find out more about the nature of genealogists, and how doing genealogy may affect family relationships. I am especially interested in family “secrets”, how they affect the genealogical search, and how their uncovering might affect family members.

Perhaps you would like to take my survey, and/or forward the link to people you know who might be interested. The responses to the survey itself will remain anonymous, as I have no way of knowing the identity of any respondent. The survey takes about 12-15 minutes to complete. The survey and privacy issues are explained in more detail on the website.

The link to the survey is:
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At the conclusion of my study I would be happy to share my results with you.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.


Bonnie Williams Lloyd, MS, LMFT
Duluth, MN


I encourage my readers to particpate. I did! It may help all of us understand "why" we do what we do.


Colleen said...

Randy ... Genealogy often plays a HUGE role in my field (social work). Particularly, but not only in, family therapy. Only in that realm it's known as a Genogram, and it depicts a family tree complete with symbols that identify relationships and the quality of those relationships, social issues (alcoholism, extra-marital births, etc), and health issues. While it generally is used across limited nbr of generations, it's core principle starts off the same as genealogy/family history. If anyone wants more information on genograms, check out!

Taneya said...

thanks for sharing! I filled it out.