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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. Helen Petrakis has taken the role of care taker for her husband’s, John Petrakis, mother, Magda. Caring for Magda has put a strain on Helen’s mental and physical health. Alec Petrakis, Helen’s son, moved into the home of Magda in hopes to reduce the strain on Helen. After Alec moved into the home, Helen noticed that Magda’s medication, valuables, and money were missing. Helen realized that her son Alec was responsible for these events and it was not a robbery. It was revealed that Alec is on two years’ probation for possession and has a drug problem (Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. (Eds.)., 2013). Due to this, Helen would visit the home daily to care for both Magda and Alec and bring necessary supplies. After some time, taking care for both her mother-in-law and son, continued to bear stress on Helen and her symptoms worsened. This lead to John rushing her to the emergency room with heart palpitations, tightness in chest, and shortness of breath (Plummer, S.-B., Makris, S., & Brocksen, S. (Eds.)., 2013). Two concepts of Bowen’s family theory that tie into the Petrakis family include Triangles, and Family Projection Process. The three individuals who make up the Triangle concept include Helen Petrakis, Alec Petrakis, and Magda. Helen was withdrawing mentally and physically from Magda because the job of being her care taker was too much. She thought to bring in Alec after he suggested to help, to relieve the burden on herself. Alec then created further stress on Helen with his negative action, and lack of assistance for his grandmother.

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