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By Day 4 Post (using two concepts of Bowen’s family theory) a discussion and analysis of the events that occurred after Alec moved in with his grandmother up until Helen went to the hospital. Magda is an 81-year-old woman who was able to meet her own needs. She was able to function on a day to day basis without the assistance of a caretaker until she fell and injured her hip in which she would then needs assistance from her family. The two concepts developed by Bowen that are involved in this family’s case are Emotional Cutoff and Triangles. An example of Bowen’s concept of Triangles is displayed as Magda’s health began to decline, her daughter in law Helen assumed the responsibility of being her primary caretaker. This in turn took a toll on Helen and developed a strain in her marriage and family as evidence of her husband expressed displeasure with meals at home, as Helen has been cooking less often and brings home takeout( Plummer, Makris, & Brocksen 2013). When things became overwhelming for Helen it was suggested that Helen’s son, Magda’s grandson move into Magda’s home in order to alleviate some of the stress of caring for her was creating for Helen. According to Bowen(n.d), the concept of emotional cutoff describes people managing their unresolved emotional issues with parents, siblings, and other family members by reducing or totally cutting off emotional contact with them. In efforts to alleviate these stressors as recommended by Helen’s counselor, Alec

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