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Bowen Family Systems Theory and the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
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Code: DJ 1.1 (3) Hasselle
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James Hasselle, MD

Bowen family systems theory is used to conceptualize disorder and guide behavior on an inpatient psychiatric unit. Bowen theory represents a natural systems framework for considering function and dysfunction. The unit is described, including the admission and evaluation process. The concepts of the emotional system, differentiation of self, individual togetherness forces, triangles, and societal emotional process facilitate understanding the “identified patient” as a component of his own family emotional system. Also considered are the patient's and the family's emotional functioning as a component of the larger societal emotional system represented by the hospital. An awareness of the emotional processes has the potential to reduce the risk of unwittingly repeating in the treatment process and in the societal system those components that have supported the dysfunction leading to hospitalization.

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