A Narrative I My Family Essay

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In this narrative I analyze my family genogram. I explore my family’s makeup and history. I state my family’s relationships as well as my own. Then I discuss the emotions I encountered as I developed my family genogram. In addition, I elaborate on the importance of constructing genograms with co participants.
My mother and father were both born in El Salvador, San Salvador. They met in their country through a mutual friend, but never dated. My mother immigrated to the United States in the year of 1980. She was eighteen years old then. She finished high school and worked on a secretary degree. When she arrived to this country she co-resided with one of her male brother’s and his girlfriend. They helped each other economically and emotionally. But my mother quickly moved out because as noted by Antonucci (2012), family co-residency can lead to interpersonal tensions when people live under the same home in a new country. During that time she was experiencing difficulty adapting to the changes in the environment. She faced a language barrier, discrimination and lacked a support system. One positive outcome resulting from her bad experiences was that she found a job in a sweatshop located in Downtown Los Angeles. Soon thereafter, my mother met Alex Mendez. Alex and my mother cohabitated for a year and a half before they had a daughter named Nancy. Alex was not a committed men and abandoned my mother when their daughter was only five months old.
My father immigrated to the…

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