Friedman Family Assessment
A nursing assessment of a family is the basis of nursing interventions. Stanhope And Lancaster (2008) state, “By using a systemic process, family problem areas are Identified and family strengths are emphasized as the building blocks for interventions, and to facilitate family resiliency. (p. 567). This assessment will describe a family that finds themselves alone, after the death of their wife and mother, six months ago. For ML his wife, for CL his mother. This small family of two graciously agreed to be a part of my assessment, they were interviewed together and separately, multiple times. “Family refers to two or more individuals who depend on one another for emotional, physical, and/or financial support.” (Stanhope & Lancaster, (2008) p.554).
Family Assessment Mode/Identifying Data
This family is a small family of two. ML is the father, and CL is the son. They live in a three bedroom home, owned by ML IN Valrico, Florida. ML is a 46-year-old male, and CL is a 16-year-old male. ML and CL lost their wife and mother six months ago to breast cancer. They have both struggled ever since. ML is a welder and has worked for the same company for the past 20 years. After the death of his wife, he sold their home of twelve years and moved to Valrico, to “start over”. ML works from 7am to 7pm Monday through Friday. ML works hard and provides nicely for his son. He is gone most of the day, and into the evening. ML works as much over-time as possible. He stated “as long as I am working, I do not have to be home alone with my son, not because I do not love him, but because we both know what is missing”. ML drinks beer on the weekends, he admits it is getting heavier since his wife has passed away. Most evenings he does not cook at home, instead he brings home fast food or they eat frozen foods for dinner. Three months ago ML was diagnosed with Hypertension, Non-Insulin-Diabetes-Mellitus, Hyperlipidemia, Anxiety and Depression. He has started treatment just recently for Hypertension, Diabetes and Hyperlipidemia all with Po meds and diet. He stated, “I do not need medications for the depression, my wife just died, who wouldn’t be depressed and anxious”.
CL is a 15-year-old boy, an only child, and lives with his father. CL has had a difficult time since his mother has died. ML and CL have no other family that lives close to them. Both of his grandparents live in New York, and are much older. CL states “Dad is doing the best he can, I worry about him, and he just does not know what to do. He is sad all of the time, and I just try and stay away from him” CL is home alone a lot of the time, before and after school. His grades have suffered, he feels sad and depressed most of the time. He has few friends since moving to this new home, and he isolates in front of the television or his Xbox. His diet is less than optimal, living on frozen and fast foods daily, other than the meals he gets at school, breakfast and lunch. CL has stated that “he is scared and lonely” he has stated “Dad and I do not talk, we both are too sad”. I believe that both ML and CL are afraid of their feelings, afraid of what will happen if they start to talk, and they may not know how to communicate with each other, especially about their feelings regarding the death of their wife and mother. Both ML and CL have agreed to be my family for this assessment, they both admitted they needed help and that they are aware they need the help. Better than that, they both want the help.
According to Stanhope and Lancaster (2008) Duvall’s Developmental stages of the families “are based on the age of the eldest child” (p....