Understanding family structure and style
Understanding family structure and style is essential to patient and family care. Conducting a family interview and needs
assessment gathers information to identify strengths, as well as potential barriers to health. This information ultimately
helps develop family-centered strategies for support and guidance.
This family health assessment is a two-part assignment.
Develop an interview questionnaire to be used in a family-focused functional assessment. The questionnaire must
include three open-ended, family-focused questions to assess functional health patterns for each of the following:
Select a family to conduct an interview. Utilize the interview
questions complied in your interview questionnaire to conduct a family-focused functional assessment. Document the
responses as you conduct the interview.
Analyze your assessment findings. Submit your
questionnaire as an appendix with your assignment.
Include the following in your paper:
Describe the family structure. Include individuals and any relevant attributes defining the family composition,
race/ethnicity, social class, spirituality, and environment.
Summarize the overall health behaviors of the family. Describe the current health of the family.
Based on your findings, describe at least two of the functional health pattern strengths noted in the findings.
Discuss three areas in which health problems or barriers to health were identified.
Describe how family systems theory can be applied to solicit changes in family members that, in turn, initiate
positive changes to the overall family functions over time.