This page is designed to provide visitors with a list of readily available resources to further their education in Bowen theory. It includes works frequently requested by graduate students and researchers, and aims to demonstrate the breadth of application of Bowen theory. Please note that only resources published by the Bowen Center are available for purchase on this site.

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Edward W. Beal, MD

1996. “Family Theory of Child-Focused Divorce.” In Bowen Family Systems Theory: Clinical Application. Peter Titelman, ed. Lakewood: Gardner Press.

1996. “The Use of the Extended Family in the Treatment of Dissociated Identity Disorder.” In Bowen Family Systems Theory: Clinical Application. Peter Titelman, ed. Lakewood: Gardner Press.

and Gloria Hochman. 1991. Adult Children of Divorce. New York: Delacourt Press.

1976. “Current Trends in the Training of Family Therapists.” American Journal of Psychiatry 31:137-141.

Laura R. Brooks, LCSW-C

2013. Faculty Case Conference: “Bridging Emotional Cutoff: Towards Becoming A Self.” Family Systems 10(1):71-85.

Kathleen Cotter Cauley, MEd, LMFT

2008. “Bridging 65 Years of Cut Off.” In The Cornerstone Concept. Roberta Gilbert. Falls Church: Leading Systems Press.

2008. “Triangles and Stepfamilies.” In Triangles: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives. Peter Titelman, ed. New York: The Haworth Press.

Patricia A. Comella, JD

2013. “Implications of Bowen’s Societal Regression Hypothesis for the Study of Human Behavior.” Family Systems 9(2):181-183.

2003. “Observations of Reciprocal Functioning in a Challenging Environment.” Family Systems 6(2):101-116.

1997. “Naturally Constrained Social Systems.” Family Systems 4(1):19-33.

1995. “Natural Selection, Technology, and Anxiety.” Family Systems 2(2):138-152.

Priscilla Friesen, LCSW

2003. “Emotional Cutoff and the Brain.” In Emotional Cutoff: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives. Peter Titelman, ed. Binghamton: Haworth Press.

1997. Faculty Case Conference: “Neurofeedback and the Developing Child.” Family Systems 4(1):63-83.

Randall T. Frost, MDiv

2014. “Challenges of Conducting Bowen Family Systems Research on Differentiation of Self.” In Differentiation of Self: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives. Peter Titelman, ed. New York: Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

2014. “Family Assessment Based on Bowen Theory.” In La teoría familiar sistémica de Bowen: Avances y aplicación terapéutica. Mariana Martínez Berlanga and Martiño Rodríguez-González, eds. Madrid: McGraw-Hill.

2013. “Use of the Term Solid Self in Bowen Theory.” Family Systems 10(1): 43-62.

2011. “Thinking Systems in Pastoral Training.” In Bringing Systems Thinking to Life: Expanding the Horizons for Bowen Systems Theory. Ona Cohn Bregman and Charles M. White, eds. New York: Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Roberta Gilbert, MD

2008. Review of “Punished by Rewards” by Alfie Kohn. Family Systems 8(1):91-96.

2003. “Addressing Cutoff in Residential Care of Disturbed Adolescents.” Family Systems 6(2):135-146.

2003. “Bridging Cutoff In A Divorced Family.” In Emotional Cutoff: Bowen Family System Theory Perspectives. Peter Titelman, ed. Binghamton: Haworth Press.

2002. “Societal Regression and the Family.” Conference on Humanity at the Crossroads, Zurich, Switzerland. Mut zur Ethik.

1999. Connecting With Our Children: Guiding Principles for Parents in a Troubled World. New York: Wiley and Sons.

1995. “A Natural Systems View of Hierarchy.” In The Emotional Side of Organizations: Applications of Bowen Theory. Patricia A. Comella, Joyce Bader, Judith S. Ball, Kathleen K. Wiseman, and Ruth Riley Sagar, eds. Washington, DC: Bowen Center for the Study of the Family.

1994. “Addiction to Prescribed Medications.” Family Systems 1(1):57-66.

1992. Extraordinary Relationships. New York: Wiley and Sons.

1987. “A Comparison of Bowen Theory and The New Mysticism as Exemplified in the Writings of Teillhard de Chardin.” Conference on Implications of Bowen Theory for Catholic Theology.

David S. Hargrove, PhD

2015. “Narrative and Bowen Theory: Action Stories and Verbal Stories.” Family Systems Forum 17(2):11.

and Elizabeth Malone. 2015. “The Complex Outcomes of Emotional Cutoff.” Family Systems 11(1):61-73.

and Roland P. Perdue. 2015. “A Different Perspective of Gun Control.” American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 85.

and Lisa Curtin. 2012. “Rural Mental Health Practitioners: Their Own Mental Health Needs.” In Rural Mental Health: Issues, Policies, and Best Practices. K.B. Smalley, Jacob C. Warren, and Jackson P. Rainer, eds. New York: Springer.

2011. “The Critical Reader as Scientist: Approaching Literature from the Perspective of Bowen Theory.” In Bringing Systems Thinking to Life: Expanding the Horizons for Bowen Systems Theory. Ona Cohn Bregman and Charles M. White, eds. New York: Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

2011. “From the Individual to the System: Expanding the Range of Literary Interpretation.” Style: Social Minds in Criticism and Fiction 45(2):309-313.

and Lisa Curtin. 2010. “Opportunities and Challenges of Rural Practice: Managing Self amid Ambiguity.” Journal of Clinical Psychology 66(5): 549-561.

2009. “Psychotherapy Based on Bowen Family Systems Theory.” In The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Family Psychology. James H. Bray and Mark Stanton, eds. Malden: Wiley Blackwell.

and Susan H. McDaniel, Elizabeth Malone, and Martha Dennis Christiansen. 2006. “Family Problems.” In College Mental Health. Paul A. Grayson and Philip W. Meilman, eds. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

2004. “Knowing What the Doctor Brings to the Table.” Family Systems & Health 22(4):474-476.

Victoria Harrison, MA, LMFT

2013. “Contribution of Nuclear Family Triangles to Variation in Physiological Reactivity.” Family Systems 9(2):145-153.

2005. “Stress Reactivity and Family Relationships in the Development and Treatment of Endometriosis.” Fertility and Sterility 83(4):857-864.

2003. “Emotional Cutoff and Reproduction.” In Emotional Cutoff and Bowen Theory. Peter Titelman, ed. Binghamton: The Haworth Press.

1997. “Family Emotional Process, Reactivity, and Patterns of Ovulation.” Family Systems 4(1):49-62.

1997. “Patterns of Ovulation, Reactivity, and Family Emotional Process.” The Integrative Neurobiology of Affiliation. Annals of the NY Academy of the Sciences 807:522-524.

Roberta Holt, DSW

2011. Archives: “Survival and the Family of Extinction.” Family Systems 8(2):143-161.

With an Introduction by Ruth Riley Sagar, MA.

1996. “Gender and Bowen Theory.” Family Systems 3(1):52-63.

1995. Faculty Case Conference: “A Multiproblem Family in a Social Service Agency.” Family Systems 2(1):62-86.

Joan Jurkowski, MS, LCPC

2014. Faculty Case Conference: “The Value of Defining a Self with One’s Spouse.” Family Systems 10(2):163-174.

2004. “Heroin Addicts, Family, and Recovery: A Pilot Study.” Family Systems 7(1):45-66.

Mignonette N. Keller, PhD

2006. “A Case Study: Efforts toward Differentiation of Self among Slaves and Their Descendants.” Family Systems 7(2):103-121.

Kathleen B. Kerr, MSN, MA

2013. “Using Maternal Style or Differentiation of Self to Explore Variation in Functioning of Offspring.” Family Systems 9(2):114-116.

2004. Faculty Case Conference: “A Methodological Experiment with a Quasi Mother Child Relationship.” Family Systems 7(1):67-82.

2001. Faculty Case Conference: “Multiple Family Therapy.” Family Systems 6(1):77-96.

1999. “The Projection Process in Health Care Systems.” Family Systems 5(1):71-80.

1994. Faculty Case Conference: “Abuse as a Symptom of the Family System.” Family Systems 1(1):67-80.

Michael E. Kerr, MD

2013. Wilson’s Ideas and Bowen Theory: Review of “The Social Conquest of Earth” by E.O. Wilson. Family Systems 10(1):91-94.

2013. Commentary: “Use of the Term Solid Self in Bowen Theory.” Family Systems 10(1):65-66.

2013. “The Ultra-Modern Synthesis.” Family Systems 9(2):133-142.

2012. Review of “Stoner” by John Williams. Family Systems 9(1):89-94.

2006. Faculty Case Conference: “Efforts to Differentiate a Self in Response to a Cancer Diagnosis.” Family Systems 7(2):164-179.

2003. One Family’s Story: A Primer on Bowen Theory. Washington, DC: Bowen Center for the Study of the Family.

2003. “Multigenerational Family Systems Theory of Bowen and Its Application.” In Textbook of Family and Couples Therapy. G. Pirooz Sholevar, ed. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.

2001. Faculty Case Conference: “Emotional Fusion in Relationships.” Family Systems 5(2):162-175.

1998. “Bowen Theory and Evolutionary Theory.” Family Systems 4(2):119-179.

1995. Faculty Case Conference: “Cancer and the Family Emotional System.” Family Systems 2(2):157-175.

1994. “Murray Bowen: Family Therapy in Clinical Practice.” In The Book of Psychiatric Books. Sidney Crown and Hugh Freeman, eds. Northvale: Jason Aronson, Inc.

1992. “Physical Illness and the Family Emotional System: Psoriasis as a Model.” Behavioral Medicine 18:101-113.

1989. “Darwin to Freud to Bowen: Toward a Natural Systems Theory of Human Behavior.” Georgetown 21:16-19, 44-45.

and Murray Bowen. 1988. Family Evaluation: An Approach Based on Bowen Theory. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

1988. “Chronic Anxiety and Defining a Self.” The Atlantic Monthly 262:35-58.

1985. “Obstacles to Differentiation of Self.” In Casebook of Marital Therapy. Alan Gurman, ed. New York: The Guilford Press.

1984. “Theoretical Base for Differentiation of Self in One’s Family of Origin.” Clinical Supervisor 2:3-36.

1983. “Family Evaluation and Diagnosis.” American Journal of Family Therapy 11:62-64.

1981. “Cancer and the Family Emotional System.” In Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Cancer Patients. Jane Goldberg ed. New York: The Free Press.

1981. “Family Systems Theory and Therapy.” In Handbook of Family Therapy. Alan Gurman and David Kniskern, eds. New York: Brunner/Mazel.

1981. “Bowen Theory and Therapy.” In A Handbook of Marriage and Marital Therapy. G. Pirooz Sholevar, ed. New York: Spectrum Publications, Inc.

1978. “The Family As A System.” Marriage and Family Living 60:6-9. [Published by St. Meinrad Archabbey].

1977. “Aspects of Biofeedback Physiology and Its Relationship to Family Systems Theory.” American Journal of Psychoanalysis 37:23-35.

1976. “The Family and Society.” Momentum 7:5-9. [Journal of the National Catholic Educational Association].

Mariana Martinez, PsyD

2014. La teoría familiar sistémica de Bowen: Avances y aplicación terapéutica. Mariana Martínez Berlanga and Martiño Rodríguez-González, eds. Madrid: McGraw-Hill.

Anne S. McKnight, LCSW, Ed.D.

2013. Review of “The Social Conquest of Earth” by E.O. Wilson. Family Systems 10(1):87-90.

2012. Faculty Case Conference: “The Challenge of Neutrality in Defining Self with One’s Mother.” Family Systems 9(1):69-79.

2008. Faculty Case Conference: “The Affair As an Emotional Manager in Marriage.” Family Systems 8(1):77-89.

2008. “Triangles in Families with Substance Abusing Teenagers.” In Triangles: Bowen Family Systems Theory Perspectives. Peter Titelman, ed. New York: The Haworth Press.

2003. “The Impact of Cutoff in Families Raising Adolescents.” In Emotional Cutoff: Bowen Family Systems Perspectives. Peter Titelman, ed. Binghamton: The Haworth Press.

1998. “Family Systems with Alcoholism: A Case Study.” In Clinical Applications of Bowen Family Systems Theory. Peter Titelman, ed. Binghamton: The Haworth Press.

1996. Review of “Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain” by Antonio R. Damasio. Family Systems 3(1):87-96.

Douglas C. Murphy, MA, LCMFT

2011. Faculty Case Conference: “Fusion and Its Manifestations in Three Generations.” Family Systems 8(2):163-176.

2003. Faculty Case Conference: “Caring for Aging Parents.” Family Systems 6(2):171-181.

1996. Faculty Case Conference: “Symbiosis and Violence.” Family Systems 3(1):69-85.

1994. Faculty Case Conference: “Marital Conflict in Context.” Family Systems 1(2):164-177.

Robert J. Noone, PhD

and Daniel V. Papero, eds. 2015. The Family Emotional System: An Integrative Concept for Theory, Science, and Practice. Lanham: Lexington Books.

2014. “Differentiation of Self as a Multigenerational Process.” In Differentiation of Self. Peter Titelman, ed. New York: Routledge.

and Mark V. Flinn, Davide Ponzi, and Pablo Nepomnaschy. 2013. “Ontogeny of Stress Reactivity in the Human Child: Phenotypic Flexibility, Trade-Offs, and Pathology.” In Adaptive and Maladaptive Aspects of Developmental Stress. Giovanni Laviola and Simone Macri, eds. New York: Springer Press.

2013. Commentary: “Use of the Term Solid Self in Bowen Theory.” Family Systems 10(1):67-68.

2013. “Physiological Mediators in Family Emotional Process.” Family Systems 9(2):156-158.

2008. “The Multigenerational Transmission Process and the Neurobiology of Attachment and Stress Reactivity.” Family Systems 8(1):21-34.

and Mark V. Flinn and Carol V. Ward. 2005. “Hormones and the Human Family.” In Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology. David Buss, ed. New York: Wiley.

and Mark V. Flinn and Barry G. England. 2002. “Longitudinal Patterns of Stress, Family Environment, and Child Health in a Rural Caribbean Village.” Abstracts of the American Anthropological Association Meetings 2002, 145.

and Mark V. Flinn and Barry G. England. 2002. “Longitudinal Patterns of Cortisol Reactivity, Father Absence, and Maternal Behavior in a Rural Caribbean Village.” Proceedings of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society 2002, 51.

2001. “The Family as a Source of Nongenomic Heritable Variation.” Family Systems 6(1):47-66.

1995. “The Family Unit and the Transmission of Individual Variation in Adaptiveness.” Family Systems 2(2):116-137.

1994. “Intergenerational Attachment and the Family.” Family Systems 1(2):114-126.

1988. “Symbiosis, the Family, and Natural Systems.” Family Process 27:285-292.

and Robert R. Reddig. 1976. “Case Studies in the Family Treatment of Drug Abuse.” Family Process 15:25-32.

Daniel V. Papero, PhD, MSSW

and Robert J. Noone, eds. 2015. The Family Emotional System: An Integrative Concept for Theory, Science, and Practice. Lanham: Lexington Books.

2015. “Bowen Family Systems Therapy.” In Social Workers’ Desk Reference. Kevin Corcoran and Albert R. Roberts, eds. New York: Oxford University Press.

2013. “How Individuals Turn Out Differently in Terms of Emotional Reactivity.” Family Systems 9(2):171-173.

1996.“Stress and Instability.” Family Systems 3(1):64-68.

1995. Review of “Stress, the Aging Brain, and the Mechanisms of Neuron Death” by Robert M. Sapolsky. Family Systems 2(1):87-96.

1994. Review of “The Diversity of Life” by Edward O. Wilson. Family Systems 1(1):85-91.

1990. Bowen Family Systems Theory. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Louise Rauseo, RN, MS, CS-P

2008. “Survival, Fusion, and Functioning in Extreme Poverty.” Family Systems 8(1):35-49.

2003. “Migration and Emotional Cutoff.” In Emotional Cutoff: Bowen Family System Theory Perspectives. Peter Titelman, ed. Binghamton: Haworth Press.

1995. “Relationships as Primary Regulators of Physiology.” Family Systems 2(2):101-115.

1992. “Theory Meets Practice: Blood Pressure Responsiveness as an Indicator of Human Emotional Process.” Conference on Integrating Science and Practice. Colorado Springs, Colorado. Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback.

1987. “The Human as Part of Nature.” In Systems and Spirituality: Bowen Family Systems Theory, Faith, and Theology, papers and proceedings of 1987 Conference on Theology. Joseph P. Carolin, ed.

Kathleen K. Wiseman, MBA

A Systems View: Application of Bowen Theory in the Workplace.Series 2000, 2001, and 2002. Six audiotapes and six essays. Tape and essay series with Daniel V. Papero, PhD, MSSW.

and Ruth Riley Sagar, Patricia A. Comella, Joyce Bader, and Judith S. Ball, eds. 1995. The Emotional Side of Organizations: Applications of Bowen Theory. Washington, DC: Bowen Center for the Study of the Family.

1982. Understanding Organizations. Ruth Riley Sagar and Kathleen Klaus Wiseman, eds. Washington, DC: Georgetown Family Center.