Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Family of Origin Intervention in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Daniel T. EnnacoEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_364

Name of the Strategy of Intervention

Family of Origin Intervention

Introduction

Family of origin work refers to the exploration of interactions and underlying familial patterns and their impact on individuals within the family of origin. Family of origin intervention considers multigenerational influence and consists of a multitude of techniques to treat dysfunction within the family system. Accordingly, one’s family of origin consists of the immediate siblings and parents or caretakers present during childhood. Essentially, patterns of emotional reactivity and conflict management have an influence on the way one interacts with the family of origin and world outside the family system (Brown 1999).

Theoretical Framework

The theoretical framework on which family of origin interventions are built resides predominantly on the salient work of psychiatrist Murray Bowen and his theory of family systems, which explains that individuals have an innate urge for closeness with others and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.California School of Professional PsychologyAlliant International UniversityLos AngelesUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Molly F. Gasbarrini
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  1. 1.Alliant International UniversityLos AngelesUSA