Family Assessment and intervention Form Part 1

FamilyAssessment and intervention Form Part 1

NURS340: Health Promotion across the Lifespan

FamilyAssessment and intervention Form Part 1 (Final Exam)

Student:

  1. FAMILY DESCRIPTION

Thefamily is of Latino origin that migrated to the United States fromBrazil in search of greener pastures. It is made up of the father,mother, and children implying that it is a nuclear family with strongfamily bonds among members. The family is a traditional one implyingit does not subscribe to the modern cultures that allow any of thefamily members to do as he or she wishes. The members are expected toconduct themselves accordingly by observing the traditional valuesand principles. When it comes to food, the family is used to naturalproducts fresh from farms, but it is a worrying situation currentlybecause the American eating culture is likely to change all this. Thefather is the expected head of the family according to the Latinoculture, but this does not mean other members have no say as far asrunning of family affairs is concerned. On health issues, each memberis supposed to take care of him or herself.

  1. FAMILY COMPOSITION

Asalready noted above, the family is made up of the father, mother,children, grandfather, and grandmother. This makes the family anextended one. The mother plays an important role of taking care ofthe entire family while the father provides the needed resources.Grandfather is relied on advice together with the grandmother andthey are relied in upbringing children based on the traditionalLatino culture.

Listeach member of the family:

Father:J. Bernett

Thefather is male of course and he is the head of the family unittogether with the mother. His relationship with other members of thefamily is critical because he is the husband, father, and employer tothe workers. The father is fifty years of age and he will be turningfifty-one in the next few months. He holds a university degree withspecialization in the medical field. In our native country Brazil, heis among the best in society in terms of education, but in the US,things are different because there are many doctors. He is currentlya doctor by occupation and works in the nearby medical facility.

Mother:A. Bernett

Themother provides care to the entire family and she ensures the needsof each member are met in the best way possible. Her sex is femaleand she is forty-five years of age. In terms of education, she is ahigh school graduate, which is fair for a woman in the Braziliansociety. The mother not yet employed in the United States, but sheused to work in the industry back in Brazil.

FirstChild: M. Bernett

Thefirst child is twenty-one years old male from the Latino communitywith both parents tracing their roots in Brazil. In the family.Current, the first child is pursuing a degree at one of the Americanuniversities here in the United States having graduated from highschool in the native country. The child takes a nursing course in thefield of medicine hoping that it will help him to achieve hisambitions and goals in life. The child works part time as a lifeguardin the weekends to raise school fees.

SecondChild:

Myyounger brother is eleven years old and he is male. He attends highschool in one of the local institutions with many Latinos. The youngboy does not work.

Grandmother:E Bernett

Grandmotherlives with the family and she always helps in carrying out houserelated activities. She takes care of children and engages themfrequently in discussions to ensure they grow up to be reliablemembers of society.

Grandfather:J Bernett

Thegrandfather is the head of the extended family and his role is toprovide the much-needed advice on the way forward for the Latinofamily.

  1. Three generation GENOGRAM and One generation ECCOGRAM

D.FAMILY OVERVIEW

1.Type of Family

Thetype of the family is nuclear and is traditional because the motherand the father are the heads of family, but other family members areconsidered employees. This does not make it an extend family. When itcomes to family health issue, they have to be checked as well, butthey do not participate in making decisions.

2.Cultural (ethnic) and religious orientation

Culturally,the family subscribes to the Latino traditions meaning the family isthe fundamental unit of society. The father is the head of thefamily, but the mother is also a major stakeholder. Children aresupposed to respect their parents and obey what they say meaningagency or individual freedom is not encouraged. The type of living iscommunal and the family, as well as the entire community, has a lotof influence on the life of an individual. Before making decision ata personal, the individual, including the senior members, shouldconsult widely and ensure the decision is consistent with the socialand cultural values and principles. The religion practiced isChristianity and Catholic to be specific. The church encouragesfamily ties and members are advised to seek God’s interventionwhenever any problem befalls the family even in health matters.

3.Social class status: (occupation, education, income)

Onlythe father works in the family suggesting that the entire familyrelies on him for capital. This trend is not typical of the Americanpeople, but it is common in our native country Brazil. Since thefather works as a doctor, the family is a middle-income family and itbelongs to the working class because at least it can earn a salary atthe end of the month. Education wise, only one member-the father, hasthe highest education and this is not secure for the family. Theoccupation of the family is salaried employment.

4.Family developmental stage

Thefamily is at the take-off stage of development where everything isset for development. The father serves as a role model and he hasinfluenced a majority of the members to undertake medical relatedcourses at school. Relocating to the United States was the first steptowards realizing the developmental agenda of the family given thefact the country has many opportunities.

5.Home environment

Theenvironment at home is always conducive because each member isguaranteed of freedom. The father is always in good terms witheverybody, but punishment is unleashed on a member who seems to bedeviating, especially children. Upbringing of children is not therole of the mother alone because the father is often activelyinvolved.

6.Neighbourhood and larger community

Theneighbourhood is compromised of various ethnic groups and races.However, the immediate neighbours are Latinos from various Latincountries. In the immediate neighbourhood, children are able tointeract freely through plays. However, the case is different in thewider community because Latinos and other people of colour are alwaysdespised because of their culture, race, and traditions. This is nota problem to the Latino family alone, but a national issue that thegovernment is trying to fix.

7.Family`s involvement in their community

Thefamily is actively involved in communal activities, as the father isa member of the local support group that tries to help Latinos whofind themselves on the wrong side of the law. The mother is themember of a local women group, which is a self-help group that triesto advance the rights of local women.

B.Social support system

Justlike in Brazil, Latinos in the US have formed strong social bondswhose major aim is to liberate individuals socioeconomically andpolitically. The support systems in existence are effective insolving minor family problems, including the issues related tohealth.

9.Family roles (formal and informal, division of tasks)

Eachmember of the family has a special role depending on their position.The father has a bigger role of providing for the family and takingcare of the financial needs of each member. The mother, on the otherhand, is to support the father by helping in decision-making andproviding care to the entire family. Children have a minor role ofsupporting the family by providing security and attending to theminor chores.

10.Family rules, power structure (sources, variables,leadership/initiative, power pattern)

Therules of the family are consistent to those of the Latino cultureswhere the father has an overwhelming power over the rest of thefamily members. Whenever a child goes against these rules, punishmentis meted out instantly and sanctions are likely to follow.

11.Bonding (patterns, attachment, identification, adaptive/maladaptive)

Latinosall over the world are known for strong family bonds. Each familymember is attached to the other in one way or other and whenever onemember is in trouble, the entire family is affected. This makes itdifficult for the family to adapt well to the new cultures existingin the United States.