mental disorders, and certain risks, such as drug use.
A possible negative result of the genogram approach might be, that Jeff who appears to be judgmental towards Roger's mother and his son, might be validated in his view that Roger's mother and by extension Roger himself are "no good." It will be critical for the therapist in this situation to communicate to Jeff that diseases like bipolar disorder and drug use are not the result of personal weakness but are rather "real" diseases that can be managed and treated.
Since the genogram is a more or less static model that gives a snapshot of how the family system, it is critical for the therapist to obtain additional information by asking specific questions that inform the therapist about family interaction. While the genogram reflects family interaction to some degree, concrete examples, or descriptions of situations or incidents would be very helpful to complete the assessment. This information would be useful to develop strategies with Jeff and Roger how to avoid conflict situations or work through them constructively.