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PEREIRA NETO, Élida Fluck  and  GRZYBOWSKI, Luciana Suárez. Parenting and emotional and behavioral problems: analysis from the Theory of Murray Bowen. Pensando fam. [online]. 2020, vol.24, n.1, pp. 96-112. ISSN 1679-494X.

Parenting theories associate this subsystem with healthy or dysfunctional development of children. In the systemic approach, Bowen theorizes about functioning and appearance of symptoms in the family. Thus, this study aimed to understand parental relations from the author's perspective in families of children with emotional and/or behavioral problems. The multiple case study was carried out with three families of girls between six and 11 years old. Child Behavior Check-List, Genogram and three semi-structured interviews were used with each family. The interviews were recorded and transcribed for thematic content analysis with a priori categories from Bowenian concepts. Emotional reactivity and emotional cut-off impacted on diversity of control and discipline practices. The author's theory contributed to the understanding of the emergence of internalizing symptoms, despite the presence of consistent parenting strategies. The clinical relevance of the study is highlighted, contributing to the discussion of the applicability of the Bowenian theory in the field.

Keywords : Parenting; Childhood development; Differentiation of self.

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