Transgenerational Family Therapy

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Trans generational Family Therapy
Erika Jefferson
February 18, 2013
Becca Myers
BSHS 312
University of Phoenix

Trans generational Family Therapy originated from the work of pioneers named Murray Bowen, Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, James Framo, Norman Paul, and Donald Williamson. Those theorists shared the common belief that the problems in the present day with marriage are related to the issues from a person’s family origin. The theorists had different practices but their beliefs was the road to problem resolution involved working with more than one generation in therapy. The misconception of the theory was that most of people’s problems were caused by their family of origin. The beliefs in which Trans generational Family Therapy model was built on the fact that marital partners are similar in their levels of differentiation, meaning that each person a similar measure of unresolved family origin of issues to the marriage. Along with unresolved family issues and added stress in marriage it keeps the marriage from functioning at its highest level. As a result of stress the couple may have difficulty solving problems without dysfunction. The dysfunction that may be displayed in the marriage may be lack of communication, emotional detachment, depression, and emotional as well as physical abuse. The theory was that these issues did not just develop overnight, but that each person was raised with these types of issues that date back as far as three generations. Murray Bowen evolved the idea that bridging the social and the biological science he developed a model that moved passed how families resolve their problems to a theory that attempts an explanation to humanity’s relationship to the other natural systems (Bowen, 1978). Ivan Boszormenyi- Nagy developed the integrated systems model of contextual therapy. Contextual therapy…...

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