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Family Therapy in Clinical Practice - Murray Bowen

Family Therapy in Clinical Practice

Hardcover Published: 28th November 1990
ISBN: 9780876687611
Number Of Pages: 584

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When Bowen was a student and practitioner of classical psychoanalysis at the Menninger Clinic, he became engrossed in understanding the process of schizophrenia and its relationship to mother-child symbiosis. Between the years 1950 and 1959, at Menninger and later at the National Institute of Mental Health (as first chief of family studies), he worked clinically with over 500 schizophrenic families. This extensive experience was a time of fruition for his thinking as he began to conceptualize human behavior as emerging from within the context of a family system. Later, at Georgetown University Medical School, Bowen worked to extend the application of his ideas to the neurotic family system. Initially he saw his work as an amplification and modification of Freudian theory, but later viewed it as an evolutionary step toward understanding human beings as functioning within their primary network-their family. One of the most renowned theorist and therapist in the field of family work, this book encompasses the breadth and depth of Bowen's contributions. It presents the evolution of Bowen's Family Theory from his earliest essays on schizophrenic families and their treatment, through the development of his concepts of triangulation, intergenerational conflict and societal regression, and culminating in his brilliant exploration of the differentiation of one's self in one's family of origin.

I highly recommend this rich, insightful, warm, and reflective book, not only to those interested in family therapy but to all who must consider the family nexus in their work with their patients or clients. -- Maurice R. Green Journal Of The American Academy Of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry A stimulating theoretical exploration of the process of individual development within the family and the subsequent influence of this on society. [I] would recommend it as being of interest to professionals engaged in enabling individuation in various circumstances, from families [and] organizations to the elderly. -- James Atkinson The British Journal of Psychiatry One of the fathers of family therapy, Murray Bowen is both a pioneer and a chronicler. In publishing his collected papers, he traces the development of his theory from his 1950s research on families of schizophrenics, to his experiment in differentiating himself from his own [professional] family, to his method of working with the family of origin rather than the nuclear family. His book is a historical treasure. -- Marianne Riche, Menninger Foundation

Introductionp. xiii
Schizophrenia and the Familyp. 1
Treatment of Family Groups With a Schizophrenic Member (1957)p. 3
The Role of the Father in Families With a Schizophrenic Patient (1959)p. 17
Family Relationships in Schizophrenia (1959a)p. 23
A Family Concept of Schizophrenia (1960)p. 45
Family Psychotherapy (1961)p. 71
Out-Patient Family Psychotherapy (1961a)p. 91
Family Systems Theoryp. 101
Intrafamily Dynamics in Emotional Illness (1965)p. 103
Family Psychotherapy With Schizophrenia in the Hospital and Private Practice (1965a)p. 117
The Use of Family Theory in Clinical Practice (1966)p. 147
Family Therapy and Family Group Therapy (1971)p. 183
Principles and Techniques of Multiple Family Therapy (1971a)p. 241
Alcoholism and the Family (1974)p. 259
Societal Regression as Viewed Through Family Systems Theory (1974a)p. 269
The Bowen Theoryp. 283
Family Therapy After Twenty Years (1975)p. 285
Family Reaction to Death (1976)p. 321
Theory in the Practice of Psychotherapy (1976)p. 337
An Interview With Murray Bowen (1976)p. 389
Society, Crisis, and Systems Theory (1973)p. 413
Applicationsp. 451
Problems of Medical Practice Presented by Families With a Schizophrenic Memberp. 453
Toward the Differentiation of Self in Administrative Systems (1972)p. 461
On the Differentiation of Self (1972)p. 467
Toward the Differentiation of Self in One's Family of Origin (1974)p. 529
Referencesp. 549
Indexp. 555
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ISBN: 9780876687611
ISBN-10: 0876687613
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 584
Published: 28th November 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.88 x 15.34  x 4.34
Weight (kg): 1.08