Discussion: Family Structures Prevalent Today
Discussion: Family Structures Prevalent Today
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Family structures are changing and are not what they were in years past. As such, for a definition to encompass the modern family structure, one would need to look beyond bloodlines and those who live in the same household when inquiring about family dynamics and structure (Green, 2018). Family structure has evolved over time and can now include those not only related through shared DNA or via marriage, but can also include close friends, partners, companions, and those who the patient would want to have involved in care decisions (Green, 2018).
When providing care and education to a patient, it is important to acknowledge and be aware of nontraditional family structures. Through this awareness, the nurse can be better prepared during assessment and intervention for family health promotion (Green, 2018). When the nurse and healthcare team are familiar with the patient’s family structure, this assists with providing individualized care that is patient-centered. Additionally, this also allows the nurse to also provide emotional support to the patient and family members based on beliefs, needs, preferences, and values (Green, 2018).
Through use of the family systems theory, the nurse and healthcare team can better understand the interactions of the modern family, seeing the family as both an interrelated and an interdependent individual part (Milber et al, 2014). This is achieved through recognizing that family members operate as a whole, with one influencing the others (Green, 2018). By observing the family interactions, it leads to a better understanding of the patient (Green, 2018).
Green, S. Z. (2018). Understanding families and health promotion. In Grand Canyon University (Eds.), Health promotion: Health & wellness across the continuum. https://lc.gcumedia.com/nrs429vn/health-promotion-health-and-wellness-across-the-continuum/v1.1/#/chapter/4
Milberg, A., Wåhlberg, R., & Krevers, B. (2014). Patients’ sense of support within the family in the palliative care context: What are the influencing factors? Psycho-Oncology, 23(12), 1340–1349.
What is a definition of family that encompasses the different family structures prevalent today? Discuss the importance of acknowledging nontraditional family structures. Explain how family systems theory can be used to better understand the interactions of a modern family (traditional or nontraditional).
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