Case Study : Family Systems Theory

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A family rarely enters therapy with the clear-cut idea of where exactly it’s problem lie, and the therapist’s job during the first interview is to organize the facts and the characteristics of the family and analyze the emotional process in a way that locates the trouble spots in the relationship system. The choice of a particular method of evaluation depends on the ideology of the therapist, as well as the state of the family that enters therapy. In family systems theory, the family is viewed as a homeostatic system, and a change in the functioning of one family member results in a compensatory change in the functioning of other family members. Symptoms in one family member, which can also be referred as an identified patient, indicate dysfunction in the family system as a whole. Bowen family systems theory was developed by psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Murray Bowen. Bowen was the first to realize that the history of our family creates a template which shapes the values, thoughts, and experiences of each generation, as well as how that generation passes down these things to the next generation. Bowen believed that family problems result from emotional fusion, or from an increase in the level of anxiety in the family (Goldenberg, 2012) One of the goals of his family therapy was to reframe the presenting problem as a multigenerational problem that is caused by factors beyond the individual. Questioning the family and constructing a family genogram was a basic…
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