Friedman Family Assessment
Lorena Lee, RN
NUR/405--Healthy Communities: Theory and Practice
May 28, 2012
Friedman Family Assessment
The Friedman Family Assessment tool looks at the family as an open social system. It takes into account the structure, functions and the relationship of the family to other social systems. It allows the nurse to assess the family system in three areas, the family as a whole, the family as a part of the whole of society and as an interaction system (Stanhope & Lancaster, Chapter 24, 2008).
This assessment will take a look at the Allen family from the Neighborhood in episode one.
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Middle adulthood ranges from age 40 to 65 years of age. The basic conflict is generativity vs. stagnation; important events are work and parenthood. The usual outcome, according to "About.com" (n. d.), is the â€œadults need to create or nurture things that will outlast them, often by having children or creating a positive change that benefits other people. Success leads to feelings of usefulness and accomplishment, while failure results in shallow involvement in the worldâ€ (Erikson's Psychosocial Stages Summary Chart). In this case Clifford and Pam had a son. Their son has Downâ€™s syndrome so they feel that they have to be there for him at all times although they are involved in church and other activities.
Gary is in the young adulthood stage age wise, but he has Downâ€™s syndrome where the developmental stages of life are often delayed, but they eventually met these mile stones in life. As adults, they often have relationships and even marry. They can often develop skills to hold down a job much like Gary, but they are at risk for developing conditions similar to Alzheimer ("Broward Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization," n. d).
According to "About.com" (n. d.), the â€œyoung adulthood stage ranges from age 19 to 40. The basic conflict is Intimacy vs. isolation. Important events are relationships and the outcome is that young adults need to form intimate, loving relationships with other people. Success leads to stronger relationships, while failure results in loneliness and isolationâ€ (Erikson's Psychosocial Stages Summary Chart). Gary depends on his parents to provide transportation; he works and is involved in Scouting.
The Allen family live in a single level dwelling house with a garage, the home has locks on all windows and doors, and they are in the habit of locking the house when they leave and before they go to bed. There are outside lights, the sidewalks, and driveway is in good condition. Their car is parked in the garage when at home. The Allen family is very happy with their home and neighborhood.
Clifford and Pam consider their communication with each other is good. They often do not include Gary because of his lack of understanding; they will explain things in ways that he can understand. Clifford and Pam make the decisions when it affects the family but they allow Gary his input.
This is a two-parent nuclear family consisting of father-husband; wife- mother and son.
Clifford is expected to be the wage earner, and takes care of things like yard work. He is involved with his son and his sonâ€™s activities. Pam is expected to care for the home and her son. Gary is the son, he is expected to work at his part-time job, and help his mother with the house, he can cook using the microwave or make sandwiches. They work together as a family. They have access to medical clinics and doctors.
Family Stress and Coping
Clifford is close to...