Family Systems Therapy: A Case Study
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The paper provides details of the client in the case study, Lois, a Roman Catholic woman from a traditional Latino background, and discusses how understanding Lois' family and her view of her family is an important component of understanding her psyche. The paper explains the benefits of the family systems approach, and describes the therapeutic goals of the joint sessions with Lois and her husband. The paper includes a brief note on the potential weaknesses of this therapy for a client like Lois.
From the Paper:"Bowen family systems theory is a theory of human behavior that views the family as an emotional unit and uses systems thinking to describe the complex interactions in the unit. It is the nature of a family that its members are intensely connected emotionally" (Bowen family systems therapy, 2010, The Bowen Center). In the case of Lois, a Roman Catholic woman from a traditional Latino background, the argument for using family systems therapy with such a client is that understanding Lois' family and her view of her family is an important component of understanding her psyche. Viewing human beings as individuals in isolation is seen as profoundly limiting by family systems therapists, and often as imposing a very American, individualistic view of the self upon the client. For clients from backgrounds where the family is very important, the therapy can be more beneficial than other approaches.
"Lois' immediate problems seem to be rooted in a shift in the family dynamic. Her daughter has recently left for college, which deprives Lois of one of her primary sources of self-esteem. Lois is a homemaker and has always defined herself in relation to others. Her mother has recently been diagnosed with dementia. Lois' husband does not seem to understand the full impact of his mother-in-law's dementia on her ability to function, and takes out his frustrations on Lois and her mother."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bowen family systems therapy. (2010). The Bowen Center. Retrieved November 6, 2010 at http://www.thebowencenter.org/pages/theory.html
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