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Applying Bowen’s Family Theory to the Petrakis Family Case The Petrakis family consists of Helen and John and their three adult children that still live at home. In addition, John’s mother Magda lives independently in her own apartment but needs assistance from Helen on a consistent basis due to a hip injury that occurred when she fell. Helen and John’s son Alec moved in with Magda in an attempt to help his mother balance her stressors, however he began stealing from his grandmother to purchase drugs (Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen, 2013). Bowen’s theory had eight concepts, one of which was the Nuclear Family Emotional System which focused on effect that undifferentiation on the emotional functioning of a single generation family. Bowen believed that relationship fusion, lead to triangulation which fueled symptom formation in one of three categories: couple conflict, illness in a spouse, or projection of a problem onto one or more children (Brown, 1999). This theory could help Helen analyze the events that occurred after her son moved in with her mother in law up until Helen visited the hospital due to anxiety. Helen is

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