Description Of Family : The Grape Family Lives

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Description of family:
The Grape family lives in Pandora, Iowa. Gilbert is a Caucasian male, age 24. The presenting problem is grief and trauma due to his father committing suicide. His mom Bonnie was especially affected by the death of Gilbert’s father and due to this has become agoraphobic (7yrs). She has developed a food addiction, with clinical depression. With Bonnie’s clinical depression it has led her to withdraw from the family, creating a risk factor of instability in the family. This has created new social norms, rules and dynamics (unstable functioning level 1) (Vanhook, 2014). Level 1 being basic family functions, level 4 being leadership, flexibility and boundaries (Vanhook, 2014). This is displayed towards the bottom of the paper as seen in appendix one (Vanhook, 2014). Due to Arthur’s suicide there has been family dysfunction and conflict, with Gilbert and others having the perceptions that the family is “stuck in time.” Gilbert has a younger brother named Arnie who has autism and congenital heart defects. Gilbert has two younger sisters Amy (youngest) and Ellen. Amy is in high school getting ready to leave for college and Ellen is getting ready to go away for culinary training.
Throughout this interview, the presenting issues appear to be ambivalent relationships, and caretaker strain {as determined by a high score on the Caregiver Strain Questionnaire–Short Form (CGSQ-SF)}. Gilbert appears to have role confusion with emerging leadership conflicts and…
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