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Systems Theories in Psychology - Chapter Summary
With these lessons on systems theories in psychology, you can review family relationships, including how people are influenced by their family. You can also gain a deeper understanding of how systems theory applies to therapy. By the end of the chapter, you should feel confident and prepared to:
- Discuss the history of systems theory in psychology
- Show how systems theory provides a response mechanistic scientific approaches
- Provide an overview of the family system theory
- Detail changes in family trends
- Recall key concepts in Murray Bowen's family systems theory
These engaging lessons can help you better understand systems theories in psychology. You can choose to focus on the topics you need to review most or study all the lessons in order. You can also use the Help feature to send questions to instructors if you get stuck on a subject. A brief self-assessment quiz is available for each lesson.
1. Systems Theories in Psychology: Definition & Concepts
This lesson will describe systems theory, its history as a response to mechanistic scientific approaches, and some of its applications to psychology and therapy.
2. Family System Theory: Definition and Changes Over Time
The term 'family' can have different definitions, such as a family of a mother, father, and children, or family units that consist of extended family members and friends. This lesson will define the family systems theory and explore various types of families, models of influence, and changing family trends.
3. Murray Bowen's Family Systems Theory
Unless you were raised by wolves, your family has an influence on you. Murray Bowen's family systems theory looks at people in the context of their family relationships. In this lesson, we'll look at some key concepts for family systems theory.
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