When thinking about the concept of systems, what comes to mind are things most often recognized as functional, interactive, and interdependent segments that allow something to be seen as whole. There are a number of perceptions that define a system – ecological, social, political and informational are just a few of many examples.
Yet, families are not often recognized as being a ‘system.’ But they very much are. It was Dr. Murray Bowen who suggested the family systems theory in the 1950s, proposing that individuals in a family can’t be understood in isolation from each other. Every family member draws upon their interrelationship with each other creating, hopefully, a fully functional family unit.