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5 pages, APA, use Rubric 1-6 and Friedman Family Assessment-1-17 short answers, and choose 1 from family structure and  1 from family function. Family theorist is Murary Bowen or one you choose. Thanks.




***Paper length four-five pages (***excluding title and reference pages,  and appendices-as needed).







Scholarly Family Assessment Paper

Possible Points

Your Points






1.Briefly introduce family & basic elements of assessment. Include family form & membership—i.e., who is in the family you are discussing, brief background




2.One type of Family Structure discussion




3.One type of Family Function discussion




4.ONE family theory (Include explanation of theory components and application to this family)

List theory used here ___________




5.  Conclusion





6.  Diagrams (3):  Genogram, Ecomap, Attachment Diagram—must be labeled with any necessary key









Text Mechanics




7.Citations and References




8.Mechanics/Format/Level 1 headings/Overall impression








10.Grading Criteria (minus 5 pts if not included)



Total Points for Family Theory Project—Paper Component








Friedman Family Assessment—Short form


Identifying Data

1. Family name 

2. Address and phone 
3. Family composition
4. Type of family form
5. Cultural (ethnic) background 
6. Religious identification
7. Social class status
8. Family’s recreational or leisure-time activities 


Developmental Stage and History of Family

9. Family’s present developmental stage
10. Extent of family developmental tasks fulfillment

11. Nuclear family history
12. History of family of origin of both parents


Environmental Data

13. Characteristics of home
14. Characteristics of neighborhood and larger community

15. Family’s geographic mobility
16. Family’s associations and transactions with community

17. Family’s social support system or network


Family Structure

18. Communication patterns
      Extent of functional and dysfunctional communication
      (types of recurring patterns)
      Extent of emotional (affective) messages and how expressed Characteristics of               

            communication within family subsystems Extent of congruent and incongruent messages
            Types of dysfunctional communication processes seen in family Areas of open and      

            closed communication
            Familial and contextual variables affecting communication

19. Power structure Power outcomes

      Decision-making process
      Power bases
      Variables affecting family power
      Overall family system and subsystem power (Family power continuum placement)

20. Role structure
      Formal role structure
      Informal role structure
     Analysis of role models (optional) Variables affecting role structure

21. Family values
      Compare the family to American or family’s reference group values and/or identify     

            important family values and their importance (priority) in family.
            Congruence between the family’s values and the family’s reference group or wider      


      Congruence between the family’s values and family member’s values Variables     

      influencing family values
      Values consciously or unconsciously held
      Presence of value conflicts in family

      Effect of the above values and value conflicts on health status of family


Family Functions

22. Affective function
      Family’s need–response patterns
      Mutual nurturance, closeness, and identification Separateness and connectedness

23. Socialization function
      Family child-rearing practices
      Adaptability of child-rearing practices for family form and family’s situation
      Who is (are) socializing agent(s) for child(ren)?
      Value of children in family
      Cultural beliefs that influence family’s child-rearing patterns
      Social class influence on child-rearing patterns
      Estimation about whether family is at risk for child-rearing problems and if so, indication       

            of high risk factors
            Adequacy of home environment for children’s need to play

24. Health care function
      Family’s health beliefs, values, and behavior
      Family’s definitions of health–illness and their level of knowledge Family’s perceived         

      health status and illness susceptibility
      Family’s dietary practices
     Adequacy of family diet (recommended 3-day food history record) Function of mealtimes       

      and attitudes toward food and mealtimes Shopping (and its planning) practices
      Person(s) responsible for planning, shopping, and preparation of meals Sleep and rest       

      Physical activity and recreation practices (not covered earlier)
      Family’s drug habits
      Family’s role in self-care practices
      Medically based preventive measures (physicals, eye and hearing
      tests, and immunizations)
      Dental health practices
      Family health history (both general and specific diseases— environmentally and      

      genetically related)
      Health care services received
      Feelings and perceptions regarding health services
      Emergency health services
      Source of payments for health and other services
      Logistics of receiving care


Family Stress and Coping

25. Short- and long-term familial stressors and strengths

26. Extent of family’s ability to respond, based on objective

      appraisal of stress-producing situations

      Coping strategies utilized (present/past)

      Differences in family members’ ways of coping Family’s inner coping strategies
      Family’s external coping strategies

      Dysfunctional adaptive strategies utilized (present/past; extent of usage)


Name (last, first)

1.     (Father)

2.     (Mother)

3.     (Oldest child)

4. 5. 6. 7. 8.


Friedman, M. M., Bowden, V. R., & Jones, E. G. (2003).  Family nursing:  Research,

theory and practice (5th ed.).  Upper Saddle River, NJ:  Prentice Hall/Pearson Education.


Structure & Function—Family Theory/Friedman (2003):



STRUCTURE:  Refers to how family is organized, and how they relate to each other & to the whole.  Four interactive & interrelated dimensions: 

1.     Role systems

2.     Value Systems

3.     Communication networks

4.     Power Structure


FUNCTION:  Refers to how families go about meeting needs of individuals and broader society.  Family functions are what a family does.  Five family function dimensions:

1.     Affective

2.     Socialization

3.     Reproductive

4.     Health care

5.     Economic



Additionally….  How a family deals with stress, coping, adaptation, and SPIRITUALITY are all important in our assessments of families.
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