Assessment of the Child-Rearing Family
Date: November 1, 2013
Families are a unit of interconnected individuals that work together to promote health and well-being for one another. Beliefs, values, and culture help to create the distinct characteristics of each individual within the family. A child rearing family was willing to be interviewed and share the internal relationships of their own cultural values. The family was informed that questions would be asked about different aspects of their life, that the information would not be shared with anyone except for the instructor and that no names or other identification would be used in the paper. The topics will focus on the family’s structure, developmental stage, developmental stage of the child, and the family function. Strengths and weaknesses of the child rearing family will then be explained in accordance to the presenting objective and subjective data collected during the interview. Family Structure and Demographics
To protect the privacy of the family names have been made up to help Identify each individual role in the family. The members of the family are Amy (mother), Joe (dad) and Ronny (son). Amy is a 49 year old woman, the wife of Joe and the mother of Ronny. She is of Filipino ethnicity and is the 2nd generation to be in America. Amy works as a home health aide and states that she works full-time. Joe is a 45 year old man of Filipino and Hawaiian ethnicity, a husband to Amy, and the father of Ronny. Joe works as a macadamia nut factory worker and works full-time as well. Ronny is the 19 year old son of Amy and Joe. He had just started his first year of college, majoring in computer science and has a part-time job as a cashier at McDonalds. The family is characteristic of a nuclear-dyad family which is defined as a family structure that consists of a husband and wife living together who have no children or who have grown children living outside of the home (Cohn, 2001). Family Developmental Stage, Stage Specific Tasks
As stated in the documentation Theoretical bases for promoting family health, Duvall’s theory of developmental stages defines the “launching center” stage as a family member being released as a young adult into work, military service, college, or marriage with appropriate rituals and assistance (pg. 483). Ronny’s launch from the comfort of home into society is a transition from adolescence into early adulthood. This shows that this family is in the stage of launching. The transition from home to college integrates a new role for Ronny in accepting the emotional and financial responsibility to provide independent care for own self. Ronny shows financial responsibility by finding a part-time job. Although he does not enjoy the job, he enjoys earning money and helping his parents with some of the expenses of college. Amy and Joe encourage Ronny’s new role of independence by allowing Ronny to dorm with other individuals that are experiencing the same transition and developmental stage. Amy and Joe’s roles also change. Ronny’s transition from public school to college puts more economic strain on the family because of the drastic increases of the expenditure of college, considering the costs of Ronny’s tuition, dormitory rent, books, laptops, and other school supplies. The home consist of only Amy and Joe, which is a new transition from the functioning roles and tasks of supporting a child within their home to supporting a child outside their home. Also, they decided that they would work more hours to cover added expenses such as dormitory, books, and Ronny’s car bills. Since Ronny has moved out, they are spending more time together in the home, which allows them to have more meaningful conversations and discussions. In addition to that, Joe takes Amy out to restaurants for dinner more often, they go site seeing when they feel like it, and are more proactive with...
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