Chapter 13. Bowen Family Systems Therapy. Bowen Family Therapy. A relatively recent approach to counseling. Grew out of the need and necessity to help families adjust and readjust to life after the upheaval and unsettling events of WWII.
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Bowen Family Systems Therapy
The ability of persons to distinguish themselves from their family of origin on an emotional and intellectual level.
Passing on coping strategies and patterns of coping with stress from one generation to the next.
Evolves in marriage when people tend to select partners at their own level of differentiation.
People can develop fixed personality characteristics based on their functional birth order in the family.
If a society is under too much stress (e.g., population growth, economic decline), society as a whole will regress due to the toxic forces countering the tendency to achieve differentiation.