Monday, April 26, 2011
The Rogers family has four members; father MR, who is 64 years old, the mother MRS who is 63 years old, their son JR who is 33 years old, and their daughter Miss who is 23. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers have been married for 36 years. The heritage of this family comes from Irish and German descent but none of these cultures plays a role in this families’ traditions. Mr. Rogers was raised a Mennonite and Mrs. Rogers was raised a Methodist but now they both attend a Mennonite church that is more liberal than the Mennonites of yesterday. The church they attend was started by Mr. Rogers’s father and the majority of Mr. Rogers’s family attends this church. Mr.Rogers went to school until the 8th grade. When Mr.Rogers was 18 he was drafted into the United States Army where he went to Vietnam and drove a tanker truck during the war. Currently Mr.Rogers is semi-retired after working in a factory making different kinds of bags for things like dog food and fertilizer. Mr. Rogers also has some rental properties and an auction business he and his wife run. About three weeks ago Mr.Rogers was helping move a 400lb concrete angel and he tripped over a step and the angel landed on his right leg and broke it in two places. Mr. Rogers had to have surgery and a plate and 4 screws put in his ankle. Mr. Rogers has been home for the past three weeks with his foot and leg elevated not able to put any weight on this leg. Mrs. Rogers has had to take on a lot more responsibility with having to care for Mr. Rogers, taking him to all his appointments, and taking care of getting the auction ready for the sales; the first and third Friday of the month. Mrs. Rogers graduated from high school and after having children she attended nurse’s aide classes and worked as a nurse’s aide for a short while. For most of her life Mrs. Rogers has been a stay at home mother. Mrs. Rogers currently helps with the auction business by running the kitchen, helping in the auction ring and taking consignments. The family considers themselves to be middle class. Leisure activities the family participate in are: going to church, spending time with extended family, going out to eat, and remodeling homes. JR has health problems and as an infant he was diagnosed with William’s Syndrome. According to the Williams Syndrome Association (n.d.), “Williams’s syndrome is a genetic condition that is present at birth and can affect anyone and either sex. Williams’s syndrome is characterized by medical problems such as cardiovascular disease, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. These occur side by side with striking verbal abilities, highly social personalities and an affinity for music.” JR has a mentality that is equal to the level of a sixth grader. JR does not have the ability to drive, handle his own finances or medical care. JR can dress, bathe, feed, and toilet himself. Due to all of JR’s medical issues he is on a lot of medicines and Mrs. Rogers has to make sure he takes the correct medication at the appropriate time. Going to church and the auctions is some of JR’s favorite things to do. He loves to socialize and talk to people and never meets a stranger. Miss Rogers graduated from college this past December with a bachelor’s degree in teaching and currently she is continuing her studies to obtain her masters in special education. Miss. Rogers lives in an apartment near her school which is approximately 50 miles from home. Miss. Rogers works as two different restaurants right now and hopes to do some substitute teaching in the fall while continuing her master’s program.
Developmental Stage and History of Family
According to Friedman (1998),and the Family Development Theory, the stage of development of the Rogers family is stage 7, Middle-aged parents, (empty nest through retirement). During this stage children are leaving their original home,...