Grand Canyon University: NRS 429V
January 26, 2012
Family Health Assessment
Performing a family assessment, rather than focusing on the individual, incorporates on a broader level the environmental and social influences and determinants of health. The typical family has changed over time from what was composed of two biological parents and their children, to being as disparate as the individual. The family is the primary social environment where health promotion and prevention takes place, engrained in their values, beliefs, and practices. For this assessment, the author has chosen a nuclear family. Gordon’s eleven functional health patterns are a tool used by nurses to conduct a thorough family assessment and history, and obtain information on the areas of need for health promotion and illnesses. The systems theory as explained by Edelman and Mandle, (2006), states that a change in any person in the family will affect the entire family as a unit. (Ch. 7p. ?) The importance of a complete family assessment can be surmised by this statement: ”Families are the most central and enduring influence in children’s lives… the health and well being of children are inextricably linked to their parent’s physical and emotional and social health, social circumstances and childrearing practices”.(Edelman & Mandle, 2010, p. 174). The family chosen by this author consists of two adults; the father (31), mother (30), and their three daughters, ages 11, 4, and 15 months. Based on the functional pattern of health perception, no one smokes, everyone is current on their immunizations, and the father admitted to “social drinking”, though the mother added that he has no self control when he does drink (names, personal communication, date). Both adults exercise regularly, and the mother recently entered into a 90 day physical fitness challenge in her community. The children are enrolled in sports and dance classes and...