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From the Archives: Family Psychotherapy in Office Practice
 
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Family Psychotherapy in Office Practice
Murray Bowen, MD
Introduction by: Ruth Riley Sagar, MA


Dr. Bowen presented this paper at a conference on Psychotherapy and the Family at Temple University on March 30, 1961. It was also published in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry in 1961. At the conclusion of his research project at the NIMH (1954-1959), Dr. Bowen was appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and had begun a clinical practice in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

This presentation describes ninety-four families with a wide range of family problems. Sixteen families had an overtly psychotic offspring, nine families had delinquent problems in teenage children, twenty-one families had behavior and learning problems in adolescent children, and forty-eight were husband-wife families where the children were not the main focus of the family problem. The treatment course ranged from brief family psychotherapy from ten to twenty hours to long-term therapy of 200 to 300 hours extending up to two to three years. In these ninety-four office practice families, the principal problem was in the child in 49% and between the parents in 51%.



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