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What Kind of System is the Family?
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The family movement's conceptual development has been influenced by three important systems theories: cybernetics, general systems theory, and natural systems theory. Careful examination of the basic assumptions, conceptual origins, and primary goals of these theories reveal important differences which have consequences for the future development of theory and research in the field of family.

Darwin's theory of evolution by means of natural selection, a natural systems theory, contains the basic premise that, despite our uniqueness, human beings are a part of nature and subject to the same evolutionary forces as the rest of the living world. That premise is the bedrock on which Bowen family systems theory is built and is the vantage point from which Bowen developed a unique view of the family as a natural system. This view of the family as a natural system differs from other concepts of systems frequently applied to the family.

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