Conflict In The Alzheimer's Theory: The Family Systems Theory

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The Family Systems Theory was proposed by Dr. Murray Bowen. This theory suggests that people are not individual entities, but rather a part of a larger network of family. The Family Systems Theory recognizes family as one emotional unit. The emotional state of the family unit is completely dependent on the individuals within the system (The Bowen Center, 2015). This paper will explore and use this theory to identify conflict within two families introduced in HBO’s The Alzheimer’s Project : Caregivers. The triangle is the smallest of all the family systems. The triangle is the “molecule” of all the larger systems. Bowen believed that a two-person system was too unstable. The triangle makes for a more stable family because when tension …show more content…
Family projection is a transmission process of emotional problems from parent to child. Emotional cutoff is the process of cutting off or reducing contact with the family to manage unresolved emotional issues (The Bowen Center, 2015). The story of Marvine and Jackie. This couple has been married for 50 years. Shortly after retirement Marvine began to develop signs of AD. Jackie took care of him for some time at home, but due to her own health concerns she had to place him in a facility. During the interview with Jackie she admits that sometimes she cries on the shoulders of her children when emotions run high (HBO, Caregivers, 2009). This is the transmission of emotions from parent to child. The couple has a son, Marvine Jr., he admits to distancing himself from Marvine Sr. because it is hard to see his father this way. The unresolved emotion is acceptance of his father’s AD. This is a very understandable response to the situation. He also admits to hiding his emotions when Jackie is near because he does not want to upset her more. This could be a form of emotional distancing as well. It is not an unresolved emotion, but rather an unexpressed one (HBO, Caregivers, …show more content…
Which families in the video are lacking a sense of equilibrium? Mike and Nacho are definitely off balance. Nacho is suffering from insomnia. He is up several times during the night and wanders often. Nacho is in a facility, but in order to maintain the peace of the other residents and protect him at night from injury, Mike hires a night sitter. This is costing Mike $3000 a month. The problem is starting to outweigh the resources and Mike is desperate to find a solution for his father’s insomnia. He has gotten the physician and his father’s care team involved to collaboratively come up with a solution (HBO, Caregivers, 2009). The other family who is suffering from lack of equilibrium is Daphne and Jude. Daphne’s disease is progressive quickly and she requires move acute care in order to maintain her health. Jude is a very supportive caregiver and loves Daphne dearly, but she is reaching out to support groups to help her cope with the rapid decline in Daphne. The resources here are plentiful, but the problems still seem more numerous. From emotional coping to physical decline, the problems appear to be winning this battle (HBO, Caregivers,

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