Family Systems Theory Case Study

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From this scenario, I have learned about systems theory as well as other psychological theories such attachment theory. Firstly, based on my research on “Family Systems Theory “(Murray B.) family systems theory suggest that an individual, in this case, Sinead, cannot be understood as an individual alone but instead as part of a family as a family is an emotional unit. Families in every aspect are systems of interdependent and interrelated individuals that cannot be understood if a single person is isolated and examined. Each member in the family, has a specific role to play and a set of rules in which they must follow. Maintaining a certain system in the family may lead to balance in the family but also to huge dysfunction. For example, if …show more content…

siblings position, which is the effect of sibling position in terms of overall growth( mentally and physically) and attitude, family projection process which is the transfer of emotional issues from father or mother to child etc.. In this case, Sinead’s problem should not be looked at as her own issue but instead an issue that may have been projected upon her by her family who seems to have set very high standards. Next I also looked into attachment theory and I have learned that problems with attachment at an early stage, such as disorganised attachment where the child is confused or disorientated about their relationship with their parents, could lead to immense stress upon the child. Hence the child, in this case Sinead, may want to find connection and comfort with other sources. Sinead may develop an unsafe obsession with certain celebrities or models that appeal to her and this could result in an obsession with losing weight, working out and achieving the same beauty as her obsession. Hence this can easily develop into an eating disorder such as anorexia as her body size is easier to control than her …show more content…

One of the most effective treatment would be cognitive behavioural therapy which replaces unrealistic thoughts about anorexia and diets with more positive and healthier thinking. Cognitive behavioural therapy will also help Sinead get to the root of her problem of her anorexic problem and unattainable beliefs and this would be able to give her a better understanding of what is going on with her. Next, from reading an article “Is Bowen Theory Still Relevant in the Family Therapy Field?” Brown, Jenny. (Sept 2008) family systems therapy is one of the best ways to help Sinead and her family. Family systems therapy is basically evaluating the family system functioning as a unit and there are a few types of family therapy that uses this approach such as “structural family therapy, intergenerational family therapy and strategic family therapy” (Family Solutions Institute MFT Study Guide). The approach I think most useful would be structural family therapy which examines the family relationships, styles and common attitude during a therapy session. This allows the therapist to get a better understanding of what is going on in the family and the best way to solve

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