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Change in Self Through Multigenerational Family Research : Four Case Studies.

Author: Florence Walker Kamm; Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities.
Dissertation: Ph. D. Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities 1984
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Document : Thesis/dissertation : eBook   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Family Systems Theory, as developed by Murray Bowen, conceptualizes emotional interdependence in relationships. It takes into account the historical development of the family over multiple generations, the intrafamilial emotional and biological processes, and the ways in which the family interacts with the society in which it is immersed.
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Material Type: Document, Thesis/dissertation, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Florence Walker Kamm; Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities.
OCLC Number: 781739043
Description: 1 online resource (221 pages)

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Family Systems Theory, as developed by Murray Bowen, conceptualizes emotional interdependence in relationships. It takes into account the historical development of the family over multiple generations, the intrafamilial emotional and biological processes, and the ways in which the family interacts with the society in which it is immersed.

The multigenerational study of the family from a systems perspective provides a blueprint for relationship patterns. Knowledge of how family members function in relationship to each other and knowledge of one's own pattern of functioning in the system creates the potential for change. It enables the person to define self on emotionally significant issues and change his/her functioning position in the family. Knowledge of family emotional process and multigenerational patterns of behavior create the potential for an individual to make choices, based on thought about life direction and goals. the emotional ebb and flow in the relationship system becomes less of an influencing variable in the individual's total functioning.

This research provides case examples of applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory. It assesses the efforts of four family therapists to change their functioning in the context of their families of origin. the four case studies focus on multigenerational relationship patterns and family emotional processes. One is a case study of my own family. Three additional individuals served as subjects of the other case studies which are based on self-report. the subjects were knowledgeable, motivated people who are experienced in the application of Bowen Theory, and who studied and worked with their families of origin for more than five years.

This research explores two questions related to changes in each subject: (1) In what ways does knowledge of the multigenerational family history, viewed from a systems perspective, change physical, emotional, and social functioning? (2) In what ways is the study and work with the family of origin useful? (a) to the personal life of the family therapist who has studied his or her own family? (b) to families who are in family therapy?

This research demonstrated that change took place in all of the four subjects through their multigenerational family study and work to modify their functioning. ... (Author's abstract exceeds stipulated maximum length. Discontinued here with permission of author.) UMI.

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