Essay on Family System Theory

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Family System Theory
Murray Bowen's family system theory was one of the first comprehensive theories of family system functioning. It was developed in 1974 and it believed the family can be defined as a set of interacting individuals who are related by blood, marriage, cohabitation, or adoption and who interdependently perform relevant functions through roles. Relevant functions of the family include values and practices placed on health system theory is used to explain patterns of living among the individuals who make up the family systems (Edelmen, 2006).
Describe the theory In system theory, behaviors and family members responses influence the family pattern and life. Meanings and values are vital components of the
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The father Eddie was not at the interview because he had recently been incarcerated. Liz, and her two sons, Brenden and Jaron were present along with Liz's mother who they live with, Delmarie, 67 and her mentally impaired son Earnest Jr., 39. The family home is a 4 bedroom single story home that is clean condition. Delmarie and her late husband Earnest Sr. own their home and its in good repair and in a middle class neighborhood. Delmarie has no financial issues and her home is paid for in full. There is adequate sleeping arrangements for the family they have heat, clean water, and sanitation facilities. The family has running water in the kitchen and a refrigerator. They also have a washer and dryer. There are two smoke detectors in the home. There are no signs of vermin present. The family, when asked feel that the home is comfortable and they have adequate space. The streets are well maintained and there is a very low incidence of violence crimes or theft. The family lives two blocks from the grade school the two sons attend. The family attends church in the community. And Delmarie is retired and Liz works at a steel factory. The mother, Liz and her mother Delmarie philosophy of health is similar. They both believe health is living right and eating right. They believe their family is healthy both physically and mentally. The family does appear to practice this belief, because there health appears to be in fair condition. Liz, has never