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The concepts of Murray Bowen, one of the founders of family therapy and the originator of family systems theory, are brought together here in an integrative fashion.
Michael Kerr (who worked with Bowen for many years) and Bowen propose that the enormously complex task of evaluating a clinical family can be orderly when it is grounded in family systems theory.
Using family diagrams and case studies, the book is devoted to an elegant explication of Bowen theory, which analyzes multigenerational family relationships and conceptualizes the family as an emotional unit or as a network of interlocking relationships, not only among the family members, but also among biological, psychological, and sociological processes. Bowen’s persistent inquiry and devotion to family observation, in spite of obstacles and frustrations, have resulted in a theory that has radically changed our ways of looking at all behavior.
Posted December 6, 2006
This is the basic bible of family systems, detailing basic concepts of Bowen theory, with concise case examples, and clearly articulating the complexity of the family system. Michael Kerr¿s ability to describe the essences of Bowen¿s theoretical concepts and evolutionary underpinnings goes far beyond basic family therapy strategies and techniques, providing the foundation for the learner to ¿think systems,¿ and transcend traditional psychotherapy. At the end of the book, Kerr synthesizes this into a clear description of the family evaluation process followed by Bowen¿s own description of his ¿Odyssey Towards Science.¿ This book transcends every other family systems text by presenting the theoretical framework for all family work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.