What is the Bowen family structure and the Minuchin concept represented in The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy?

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The Bowen family systems theory and the Minuchin conceptual model of structural family therapy are two models that examine dysfunctional youth and dysfunctional families as units in which influence and effect travel in dyad patterns (one person to another person) and in triangulated patterns, which is a dyad that deflects anxiety and discord off onto a by-stander third person in the family group, forming a triangulation.

Minuchin realized that helping psychologically struggling youth was ineffectual without placing the youth within the dynamic of their family unit. As a result, he worked with the entire family, not just the youth. He also realized the extent of social and cultural influence and effect on the...

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