Keywords

family therapy, assessment, Bowen theory, abuse

Abstract

Bowen family systems theory suggests that individuals who report high levels of individual pathology will also report having been raised in families characterized by high conflict and low adaptability. Combining individual and family assessment measures, or using one type of measure to understand the results of the other may be possible through the application of systems theory. Therapeutic implications of the study reported here indicate that practitioners should consider the value of focusing on family of origin processes before a primary focus on isolated traumatic events guides the direction of therapy.

Original Publication Citation

Harris, S. M., & Busby, D. M. (1997). Pant-legs and pathology: The Marriage of individual and family assessment. Contemporary Family Therapy, 19, 507-514.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1997-12

Publisher

Contemporary Family Therapy

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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