Family Values

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Family Values
University of Phoenix
Dynamics of Family Systems
Dr. Theresa Goodman
December 02, 2013
Family Values
Although the importance of family in the health of today’s society has been mentioned by many health care professionals, only since the mid-1990’s has the true significance of family in the well-being of humanity been fully recognized (Friedman, Bowden, & Jones, 2003). There has been “…little attention…paid to the family as an object of systematic study in nursing” (Friedman et al., 2003, p. 4). The health status of family members is directly influenced by the family, and vice versa (Friedman et al., 2003). Just as the concept of family used in one area of nursing practice may not be
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When the family is viewed as an interactional system, there is an emphasis placed on the core family aspects and relationships. Connections can be made and assessed between illness, family members, and the family. Once these connections are made, they can be incorporated into treatment plans (Friedman et al., 2003).
Family Nursing Theories To guide family nursing practice and study, it is essential to adopt conceptual models and theories as a background to practice. “This background is even more critical with respect to family nursing because thinking interactionally and systematically in family nursing requires a paradigm shift from the individual-as-client approach to that of family as client” (Friedman et al., 2003, p. 62). Leahey and Svavarsdottir (2009) suggested that “Improving and speeding the circularity between knowledge translation and clinical practice (in mental health) reaps benefits for patients, families, health care providers, and the health care system” (p. 445).
In 1981, Imogene King developed her Theory of Goal Attainment. Initially, the goal of nursing in this theory was to “…help individuals maintain their health so they can function in their roles” (Friedman et al., 2003, p. 65), which is more closely related to the family as context approach to family nursing. King’s theory can be related to the family as
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