My Relationship With Multiple Contributions

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For my genogram, I have chosen to include a large number of family members for multiple reasons. One of these reasons is that I have found that the birth order of my grandparents, who all have multiple siblings, has had a great impact on my grandparent’s personalities, which in turn has impacted my relationship with them. For example, my step-grandfather, Scott, and my paternal grandmother, Lea, are the older siblings in their families, which has given them a much stricter, militant personality. However my paternal grandfather, Ed, and my maternal grandmother, Vanessa, are middle siblings which has given them a softer personality, which I have been much more receptive to, and therefor have a much stronger relationship with - in fact, I have …show more content…
This has given me a strong bond with my extended family that I do not feel is there between my family of origin and I. When I was seven, a freak accident that required an MRI revealed that my sister had a tumour in her leg, which caused my parents and her to spend most of their time downtown Toronto at SickKids hospital for two years, so my grandparents and aunt took primary care of me during this time. Due to a mix of social isolation from her peers and genetics from my mother’s side, once my sister’s tumour was removed and clear, she developed severe depression and attempted suicide for the first time at the age of eleven. She was in an out of psychiatric hospitals for five years, however when she was home, she acted out violently towards me, and after one incident where my mother got stabbed in attempts to protect me, it was decided that I should move in with my grandparents full time until she got better. Though I understand that most of her actions were due to the severity of her mental illness, the relationship between my sister and myself has never quite been repaired, as seen in my …show more content…
Other microsystems that have a large impact on my life include my friends, as I find them easier to connect with than my family, my activities relating to theatre, as I attended a high school for the performing arts and majored in drama, and my counsellors. Brofenbrenner identified four categories of systems that impact one’s life: micro, which I have already touched on, meso, exo and macro. My extended family, my schooling, my housing and our family friends would be described as mesosystems, as they are interrelations among the systems of which I participate in. I also have many exosystems which impact my life, as my parents partake in my activities, such as both working, running curling and other clubs, as well as undergoing counseling as well. These activities have shaped them, therefor helping to shape me in return. Finally, there are macrosystems I have included which are factors in my life. These include, for my sister, her strong bond to media, as she does not have many friends and relies mostly on media for ‘interactions’, my mother’s spirituality and my personal values, particularly about feminism. Additionally, our family’s socioeconomic status, as a middle class family, has played a factor in

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