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Family Evaluation

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Michael Kerr (who worked with Bowen for many years) and Bowen propose that the enormously complex task of evaluating a clinical family can be orderly when it is grounded in family systems theory.

Using family diagrams and case studies, the book is devoted to an elegant explication of Bowen theory, which analyzes multigenerational family relationships and conceptualizes the
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 17th 1988 by W. W. Norton Company (first published October 1988)
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Sep 16, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Highly motivated therapists, willing to read a difficult book for its good information
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Whew! I can't believe I finally finished this. I feel like I should make a siyum.

There was a lot of good information here; unfortunately, it wasn't easy to get through. I had to take copious notes while I was reading in order to make sure I was absorbing everything (I'm really looking forward to reading more psychology texts, now that I can do so away from the computer). Bowen's theory is very appealing, and offers a useful framework for conceptualizing a wide range of problems. Sometimes, howev
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
THE complete explication of Bowen Systems Theory. It is relatively inacessible to the average reader; Kerr (who wrote most of the book) was writing for a high level audience of clinicians. I have 16 pages of notes on this book. There are some very good and insightful parts, and some that are risible in the extreme. Kerr makes a lot of bald assertions with little or no objective backup or cited research, and I find that extremely troubling, especially when the assertions are flatly contrary to mo ...more
Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it
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I don't exactly believe in everything that Bowen and his theory says, but there were many times I found myself understanding how this system of thinking could help certain families. I learned a lot about Bowen's 8 concepts, and the ones that I found most interesting was the Multi Generational, and the nuclear family. There is a great amount of information in this book. I definitely took something out of reading it. I found myself arguing with Bowen quite often. However, he helped expand my think ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mental Health Clinicians
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I love family systems theory. Read in context of the time it was written and who wrote it (two white man) then this is an excellent way to conceptualize family functioning and the intergenerational transmission of behavior. I think it's a must read for any clinician who works with families.
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I was reminded from reading this book that there had been a family emotional process going on long before I arrived on the scene and would continue on long after I depart the stage. An excellent read for family members everywhere. Highly recommended.
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