Making Sense of Human Life: Murray Bowens Determined Effort Toward Family Systems Theory
Drawing from rich archival material, this book provides unprecedented access to the professional documents and historical context surrounding the lifes work of Dr. Murray Bowen (1913-1990), medical doctor, psychiatrist, and pioneering researcher of Family Systems Theory.
To understand the origins and evolution of this theory, Catherine Rakow explores Bowens early years as a psychiatrist at the Menninger Foundation - at which time he became curious about the possibility of determining a factual basis for psychoanalytic theory - and explains how this research would foreground Bowens lifelong study of the family unit at the National Institute of Mental Health. From those seminal years of study and observation, Rakow explains how Bowen developed Family Systems Theory: A theory of human functioning that conceives of family as a naturally occurring, regenerating system. Rakows close engagement with Bowens practice and influences at this time allows for a fulsome account of the research process that Bowen undertook to develop this innovatory approach.
In this book, Rakow demonstrates the value of Bowens work as a model and research methodology for those exploring the role of theory in improving family relationships, making it essential reading for marriage and family therapists, mental health professionals, students, those interested in the history of medicine, and curious individuals alike.
Author: Catherine M. Rakow
Release Date: 2022-07-29