Topic 4 DQ 2

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Please write a paragraph with your opinion based on the text bellow. Please include citations and references in case you need to used for the question.

A family is made up of persons linked by consanguinity, affinity, common residence or adoption and who depend upon one another for the fulfilment of certain obligations required for the benefit of one or all members. Family assessment therefore is not only relevant in the prevention of diseases but also very important in the promotion of health. (Edelman, Kudzma &Mandle, 2014). The importance of learning family assessment theories cannot be overemphasized. For instance, it has been suggested that nursing students who receive proper training on use of different theoretical frameworks during assessment of families tend to do much better much later in practice. (Lee, Leung, & Mak, 2012)

There are many theories which provide a framework for the assessment of the family. However, this student prefers the Calgary Family Assessment and Intervention Model, (CFAIM). This student believes this theory is the most effective and useful of all theories of family assessment because the CFAIM assesses family from different directions and focuses on communication and change. CFAIM has three branches-structural, developmental and functional. The structural aspect of the theory deals with family composition, characteristics and organizational structure of family. The developmental aspect is concerned with family genealogical mutation. The functional aspect assesses how family members interact with one another. (da Mata Ribeiro Gomes, 2014)

This student prefers the CFAIM because it assesses family from multiple dimensions in order to present a clearer picture. It stretches the role of the nurse from simply studying the family to assisting in the stabilization of family as a veritable way of strengthening the bond between members of a family and their community. (Χριστιάνα, Μαρία & Παναγιώτα,2013). Again, by studying family structure, the CFAIM assists in linking certain characteristics of a family under study to risk factors for certain conditions. For instance, it has been suggested that poor income, vast number of children and absence of a father figure places a child who is a member of such family at high risk for falls. (Aline de Souza, et al 2012)

Another important reason why this student believes this theory is appealing and effective is that it has effective applicability in family assessment in a variety of settings and situations. For example, it has been suggested that using the CFAIM in hospitals and other healthcare settings allows for a more in-depth understanding of the family structure of the patients being assessed. (da Silva Monteiro et al, 2016). This model has also been used to prove that the entire family dynamics, structure and organization in every family play crucial roles in its health dynamics and support system for members of such family. ( Sabino Cavalcante, Moreira Rodrigues, Mendes de Paiva, Mourão Netto, & Frota Goyanna, 2017).

Family is the nucleus of society It is the unit from where every other societal unit derives. This student hopes that the current efforts to more clearly understand the concept of family within different theoretical frameworks will continue.

Aline de Souza, P., Samira Valentim Gama, L., Deborah Pedrosa, M., Isabella Lima, B., & Luiza Jane Eyre de Souza, V. (2012). Determination of risk factors for child fall based on the Calgary Family Assessment Model -. Revista Brasileira Em Promoção Da Saúde, Vol 23, Iss 2, Pp 101-108 (2012), (2), 101.

da Silva Monteiro, G. S., Oliveira Moraes, J. C., da Costa, S. G., da Mata Ribeiro Gomes, B., de França, I. X., & de Oliveira, R. C. (2016). Aplicação do Modelo Calgary de Avaliação Familiar no contexto hospitalar e na atenção primária à saúde. Revisão integrativa. Aquichan, 16(4), 487-500.

da Mata Ribeiro Gomes, B. (2014). Calgary family assessment and intervention model: influencing nursing practice and theory. Journal of Nursing UFPE / Revista De Enfermagem UFPE, 8(5), 1-3.

Edelman, C., Kudzma, E., Mandle, C. (2014). Health promotion throughout the life span, 8th Edition. 172, retrieved from

Lee, A. C., Leung, S. S., & Mak, Y. (2012). The application of family-nursing assessment skills: From classroom to hospital ward among final-year nursing undergraduates in Hong Kong. Nurse Education Today, 32 (1) 78-84

Sabino Cavalcante, A. E., Moreira Rodrigues, A. R., Mendes de Paiva, G., Mourão Netto, J. J., & Frota Goyanna, N. (2017). Aplicação do Modelo Calgary para Avaliação Familiar na Estratégia Saúde da Família. (Portuguese). Enfermagem Brasil, 16(2), 105.

Χριστιάνα, Κ., Μαρία, Α., & Παναγιώτα, Έ. (2013). Το μοντέλο αξιολόγησης Calgary στη σύγχρονη οικογένεια.Cyprus Nursing Chronicles, 14(3), 21-26.

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