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Family Assessment
Gifford Nielson
Brigham Young University-Idaho

Family Assessment

Identifying Data
This family comes from a religious family that has had the same religion for four generations now and the family holds strong to the beliefs of the importance of family and religion. The father in the family comes from a small household of parents and three children and the wife comes from a home where foster care had taken place for fourteen children throughout her childhood. Now this family has two children and the husband and wife. Family history shows no sign of significant health problems with the exception of the grandmother in the husband side of being obese.

The family is stated as coming from a Caucasian background and the dominate language in the home is English with occasional efforts to teach children sign language from educational videos. The family chooses to associate with other members of religion and live in a lower to middle class neighborhood. The family does not get involved in much recreational activities although family owns a boat that they occasionally go to the lake as a family. Family is clean in appearance and home is warm in decorations and cleanliness. With the wife being a Social worker the family is partially involved in activities that involve alternate ethnic groups. Family does not involve and in fact avoids healthcare when possible and uses valerian root for themselves and children in belief that is aids in anxiety. The family is moderately involved with church activity and states that they attend church each Sunday but not much more activity beyond that. The husband is a sales person and the wife is a social worker that puts the children in daycare and preschool. Even with dual income family states that they desire to make more money and are not happy with their place financially.

Developmental Stage and History of Family
Family is at stage 3 of the Duvall’s Eight-Stage Family Life Cycle. The oldest child in the family is 5 years old and an infant who is 7 months old. The older child is a boy and the infant a girl. The family meets the standard of having space for the entire family although the desire for more space is stated. The children are very social due to the placement of being in daycare and alternate care facilities but when the family is home after work there is not much socializing done. The family has shown great integration of the new infant into the family but signs of neglect are noticed to the older child. It is stated that the family relationship is strong within the family but there is visible strain on the relationship of the parents to the 5 year old boy. Signs are determined by severity of discipline and possible neglect. Health wise in the home the family appears to well protected by receiving vaccinations and preventative maintenance where it is needed, otherwise the family does not frequently visit doctors and prefers to not. Home is child friendly with the inability for children to be in reach of danger. The family is open discussing family planning with the desire to have o more children and possible surgery is discussed for a permanent change to avoid the possibilities of future children. Even with possible signs of neglect the children have a healthy relationship.

Environmental Data
Family lives in a three bedroom home that they pay a mortgage on and are in the process of owning this home. The home is clean and free from immediate danger for the children. Home is warm and comfortable to be in. The lighting is adequate for visibility in the home and home is well furnished with appropriate amount of seating for family and possible visitors. House is single story so now stairwells and outside of the house is well groomed with large back yard for room for the children to play. Family spends little time outside beyond typical yard work. Water supply in home is clean and separation of dirty substances is good and there is room for food storage....
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