The Handbook of Bowen Family Systems Theory and Research Methods presents innovative approaches on a range of issues inherent in family research and discusses the links between theory, data collection, and data analysis based on Bowen family systems theory.

This multi-authored volume discusses core issues within family systems theory, including anxiety, stress, emotional cutoff, differentiation of self, multigenerational transmission process, and nuclear family emotional process. Chapters also examine related constructs in the research literature such as adaptation, resilience, social support, social networks, and intergenerational family relations. Readers will be able to view theoretical and methodological issues from the perspective of Bowen theory and develop a clearer knowledge of ways to navigate the challenges faced when studying individual, familial, and societal problems.

An essential resource for clinicians and researchers in the social and natural sciences, the Handbook of Bowen Family Systems Theory and Research Methods provides a comprehensive framework for understanding the application of Bowen theory to family practice and family research.

chapter |12 pages


ByMignonette N. Keller, Robert J. Noone

part Part I|2 pages

Foundations of Family Research Introduction

chapter 1|9 pages

The Role of Theory in Family Research

ByMignonette N. Keller, C. Margaret Hall

chapter 2|12 pages

The Origins of Family Research

ByJohn F. Butler

chapter 3|11 pages

Developing a Systems Model for Family Assessment

ByDaniel V. Papero

part Part II|2 pages

Bowen Theory

chapter 4|13 pages

Bowen Theory

49A Systems Model for Family Research
ByMignonette N. Keller

chapter 5|12 pages

Data Collection and Family Research

ByMignonette N. Keller

chapter 6|17 pages

Data Analysis and Family Research

ByCarrie E. Collier

part Part III|2 pages

Mechanisms Influencing Family Functioning

chapter 7|12 pages

Stress, Chronic Anxiety, and Symptom Development

93A Family Systems Perspective
ByRobert J. Noone

chapter 8|15 pages

Bowen Theory in the Study of Physiology and Family Systems

ByVictoria Harrison

chapter 9|18 pages

Human Stress Genomics and Bowen Theory

Potential for Future Research
ByLaurie Lassiter

chapter 10|19 pages

Use of Differentiation of Self in Family Research

ByRandall T. Frost

chapter 11|17 pages

Emotional Cutoff

ByAnne S. McKnight

chapter 13|13 pages

Within Family Variability

Intergenerational Cutoff and Family Projection in an Adopted Family
ByLaura R. Brooks

part Part IV|2 pages

Mechanisms Influencing Multigenerational Family Functioning

chapter 14|13 pages

Nuclear Family Emotional Process

ByRobert J. Noone

chapter 15|20 pages

The Primary Triangle and Variation in Family Functioning 1

ByPhillip Klever

chapter 16|18 pages

Family Emotional System and the African American Family 1

ByMignonette N. Keller

chapter 17|11 pages

Multigenerational Transmission Process

ByRobert J. Noone

chapter 18|13 pages

The Multigenerational Transmission of Family Unit Functioning 1

ByPhillip Klever

chapter 19|21 pages

The Multigenerational Transmission Process and Family Functioning

ByMignonette N. Keller

part Part V|2 pages

Interdisciplinary Use of Bowen Family Systems Theory

chapter 20|20 pages

Anthropological Contributions to the Study of the Human Family 1

ByJoanne Bowen

chapter 21|11 pages

Bowen Theory Integrated into Nursing

ByPhyllis W. Sharps

chapter 22|15 pages

The Family

A Public Health Approach
ByYvonne Bronner, Paul Archibald, Ian Lindong, Barbara Laymon

chapter 23|16 pages

The Family and Academic Achievement

ByClancie Mavello Wilson

part Part VI|2 pages

Implications for Future Directions in Family Research

chapter 25|7 pages

Future Directions of Family Research

ByC. Margaret Hall