Essay On Family Assessment

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Module 12: family assessment

12.1: definition, types and characteristics of family.

Mr. X and Mrs. Y are husband and wife, have 4 children and living with father in law and mother inlaw. They are sharing a common kitchen and other utensils. Discuss about the type, characteristics, benefits and challenges of joint family.

Topic: the family is a social group characterized by common residence, economic co-operation and reproduction. It includes adults of both sexes, at least two of whom maintain a socially approved sexual relationship and one or more children, own or adopted of the sexually co-habiting adults (Murdock).

The family can be defined as the biological social unit composed of husband, wife and children (Elliot and Merrill).

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Family assessment is the process of collecting data about the family structure, and the relationships and interactions among individual members. It is a continuous process which aims at generating nursing diagnosis with goals and interventions for care related in collaboration with the child and care-givers.

During family assessment process, the information required is medical history, ethnic background, religion, education and occupation, retirement, trouble with law, physical abuse, obesity, current location of family members and chemical use, such assmoking and alcohol.

The essential instruments used for family assessment are:

1.Genogram: this is a format for drawing a family tree that records information about family members and their relationship over a period of time, usually three generations.

2.Ecomap: this is a visual representation of a family in relation to the community.

After assessment of Mr. E's family, the following family nursing care plan is drawn:

Family Nursing Care plan of Mr. E's

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