Family Assessment

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Can you help me with my homework. 

5 pages, APA, use Rubric 1-6 and Friedman Family Assessment-1-17 short answers, and choose 1 from family structure and  1 from family function. Family theorist is Murary Bowen or one you choose. Thanks.


Friedman Family Assessment—Short form

Identifying Data

1. Family name 

2. Address and phone  3. Family composition 4. Type of family form 5. Cultural (ethnic) background  6. Religious identification 7. Social class status 8. Family’s recreational or leisure-time activities 

Developmental Stage and History of Family

9. Family’s present developmental stage 10. Extent of family developmental tasks fulfillment

11. Nuclear family history 12. History of family of origin of both parents

Environmental Data

13. Characteristics of home 14. Characteristics of neighborhood and larger community

15. Family’s geographic mobility 16. Family’s associations and transactions with community

17. Family’s social support system or network

Family Structure

18. Communication patterns       Extent of functional and dysfunctional communication       (types of recurring patterns)       Extent of emotional (affective) messages and how expressed Characteristics of               

            communication within family subsystems Extent of congruent and incongruent messages             Types of dysfunctional communication processes seen in family Areas of open and      

            closed communication             Familial and contextual variables affecting communication

19. Power structure Power outcomes

      Decision-making process       Power bases       Variables affecting family power       Overall family system and subsystem power (Family power continuum placement)

20. Role structure       Formal role structure       Informal role structure      Analysis of role models (optional) Variables affecting role structure

21. Family values       Compare the family to American or family’s reference group values and/or identify     

            important family values and their importance (priority) in family.             Congruence between the family’s values and the family’s reference group or wider      


      Congruence between the family’s values and family member’s values Variables     

      influencing family values       Values consciously or unconsciously held       Presence of value conflicts in family

      Effect of the above values and value conflicts on health status of family

Family Functions

22. Affective function       Family’s need–response patterns       Mutual nurturance, closeness, and identification Separateness and connectedness

23. Socialization function       Family child-rearing practices       Adaptability of child-rearing practices for family form and family’s situation       Who is (are) socializing agent(s) for child(ren)?       Value of children in family       Cultural beliefs that influence family’s child-rearing patterns       Social class influence on child-rearing patterns       Estimation about whether family is at risk for child-rearing problems and if so, indication       

            of high risk factors             Adequacy of home environment for children’s need to play

24. Health care function       Family’s health beliefs, values, and behavior       Family’s definitions of health–illness and their level of knowledge Family’s perceived         

      health status and illness susceptibility       Family’s dietary practices      Adequacy of family diet (recommended 3-day food history record) Function of mealtimes       

      and attitudes toward food and mealtimes Shopping (and its planning) practices       Person(s) responsible for planning, shopping, and preparation of meals Sleep and rest       

      habits       Physical activity and recreation practices (not covered earlier)       Family’s drug habits       Family’s role in self-care practices       Medically based preventive measures (physicals, eye and hearing       tests, and immunizations)       Dental health practices       Family health history (both general and specific diseases— environmentally and      

      genetically related)       Health care services received       Feelings and perceptions regarding health services       Emergency health services       Source of payments for health and other services       Logistics of receiving care

Family Stress and Coping

25. Short- and long-term familial stressors and strengths

26. Extent of family’s ability to respond, based on objective

      appraisal of stress-producing situations

      Coping strategies utilized (present/past)

      Differences in family members’ ways of coping Family’s inner coping strategies       Family’s external coping strategies

      Dysfunctional adaptive strategies utilized (present/past; extent of usage)

Name (last, first)

1.     (Father)

2.     (Mother)

3.     (Oldest child)

4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Friedman, M. M., Bowden, V. R., & Jones, E. G. (2003).  Family nursing:  Research,

theory and practice (5th ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall/Pearson Education.

Structure & Function—Family Theory/Friedman (2003):

STRUCTURE:  Refers to how family is organized, and how they relate to each other & to the whole.  Four interactive & interrelated dimensions: 

1.     Role systems

2.     Value Systems

3.     Communication networks

4.     Power Structure

FUNCTION:  Refers to how families go about meeting needs of individuals and broader society.  Family functions are what a family does.  Five family function dimensions:

1.     Affective

2.     Socialization

3.     Reproductive

4.     Health care

5.     Economic

Additionally….  How a family deals with stress, coping, adaptation, and SPIRITUALITY are all important in our assessments of families.