Volume 11, Number 2
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FROM THE EDITOR
Robert J. Noone, PhD
Extended Family Relationships: A Comparison of High and Low Symptom Families
FACULTY CASE CONFERENCE
Phillip Klever, LCSW, LMFT
Bowen theory contends that viable emotional contact with the multigenerational family contributes to a more orderly, asymptomatic life. This article describes a fifteen-year research study that tested this hypothesis. The study examined extended family relationships of five low symptom nuclear families and five high symptom nuclear families.
Learning from the Nurses Notes for Bowens 1954-1959 NIMH Project: A Window into the Development of Theory
Catherine M. Rakow, MSW
From 1954 to 1959, the nurses in ward 3Eof the NIMH Clinical Center building, in Bethesda, MDkept detailed notes of psychiatric patient behavior based on twenty-four hour observations. These ward nurses played an integral role in Dr. Murray Bowens research into human family behavior. This paper analyzes the notes for August 1955, offering a unique window into the nurses practices of objective observation and disciplined psychiatric care, while also showing us their contribution to Bowens process of developing what would eventually become his theory of the family as an emotional system.
The Family Projection Process When the Father is the Primary Caregiver
Presenter: Mariana Martinez, PsyD
The family projection process describes the triangle formed by mother, father, and child, the underlying fusion among them, and the anxiety that emerges from the undifferentiation. The original formulation of the family projection process points to the intense mother-child fusion with the support of the father on the outside angle. This presentation describes two families with symptomatic children that illustrates this phenomenon.