According to Bowenian theory, describe multigenerational family patterns and how they influence clients in their present life. Be sure to cover a wide variety of patterns. Include an example from your family system and explain how that pattern has impacted you.
The functioning of family members may repeat itself across several generations. In such cases, a particular style of functioning (whether adaptive or maladaptive) or of dealing with problems is passed down from one generation to the next. This transmission does not necessarily occur in linear fashion.
Numerous symptomatic patterns such as alcoholism, incest, physical symptoms, violence, and suicide, tend to be repeated in families from generation to generation. By noting the pattern repetition, the clinician may be helped to understand the family's present adaptation to the situation and to short circuit the process.
Other examples of multigenerational patterns can include degree of religion, type of religion, type of work/career, age of marriage, age of starting a family (teenage pregnancy), interest and skills in the arts (music, art, etc.), military affiliation, computer savvy, political leanings and involvement, community involvement, outdoor/sports orientation, athleticism, and more.
Key to understanding this multigenerational patterns is that in previous generations, certain behaviors and coping mechanisms have been modeled. There mere fact that they happened is re-enforcement that the coping mechanism is an option and may be considered.
The opposite may also happen. One generation may use a coping mechanism, and the next generation is so put off by that coping mechanism (such as drinking) that they will avoid it to an extreme perhaps leading to an every other generational pattern.
Add in your own experience regarding your own family system and the pattern that seems strongest to you and how that pattern has influenced your life.