Family Assessment

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Essay #: 051669
Total text length is 8,976 characters (approximately 6.2 pages).

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Family Assessment
Introduction
     A family is a group of interrelated persons, usually, but not always, descended from a common progenitor (e.g. parents and children – the nuclear family) in which the members care for each other. This includes health care.  Indeed, the family has been called “the essential resource for delivering health care” (Family Mental Health: Basic Family Assessment, 5).
A family assessment model is effective because later nursing interventions correspond to and are based in a comprehensive family assessment. Dolores is a 27-year-old member of a two-parent intact nuclear family whose cultural background is Mexican-American. This family is situated in the lower-middle class, and is Roman Catholic. Dolores’ diagnosis...
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..... reveals, while families experience problems and stressors, they also have coping mechanisms. The most effective families are skilled in adaptation. 
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