Tate Family Assessment from the Other Sister

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Concepts of Family Nursing Theory
Nursing 464
Karen Mittura RN. MSN, CCRN
Aug 06, 2006

Family Assessment Tate Family
This is an assessment of the Tate Family, from the movie The Other Sister. It is the story of Carla Tate, a young woman who has ‘graduated’ out of the training school where she has resided for many years because she is mentally challenged. Her hope is that she will be accepted for all that she can now do for herself. But Carla's family is wealthy, which permits her mother, already blinded to her daughter's rather high-functioning abilities, to try and provide for Carla beyond her needs or desires, bringing forth the inevitable confrontations. What Carla may lack in mental ability she certainly makes up for in her insistence on being independent, even to living in her own apartment. But if this isn't enough, into the mix comes a young man, equally challenged mentally, who moves Carla beyond anyone's control.

The family unit consists of a father, a mother and two adult daughters. One adult daughter is a regularly functioning adult who does not live in the home. She is married and resides with her spouse and her children nearby. The second adult daughter, Carla still resides at home with her parents. She is mentally retarded. She is enrolled in a mainstream high school and receives special education and is ready to graduate with an attendance diploma.

The family reports that its function is one of change. The older daughter reports that she has always come second since the birth of her mentally retarded sister, however she denies any resentment of her sister. She in fact reports that she has deep admiration and respect for Carla because of the many obstacles that Carla has overcome in life. The mother reports that while Carla feels she is ready to be independent she isn’t. In talking with the father however, he reports that he believes Carla is ready for a measure of supervised independence from her...
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