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Family Strength Framework and its Application to Nursing Practice


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Developmentof an individual family is termed as both behavioral and healthrelated. Many families need help from the nursing fraternity in theidentification and exhaustion of their family strengths andweaknesses. Therefore, a well-organized system is required which canbe used to distinguish the strengths and weaknesses of particularhouseholds. Some studies have pointed out that low-income family`sproblems experienced by members are health related. Many violenceacts that affect the health of the members of the family such as teenpregnancies, civil unrests and even substance abuse are all due toweak family ties (Patricia Pina, 2015). To describe how the medicalfraternity and majorly the nurses would help to identify the needsand find solutions has prompted into the establishment of a modelthat identifies the types of families, their functions, strengths andgoals that would strengthen the weaker families.

Afamily is the most elementary organization that gives everyindividual an intimate feeling (Defrain J, 2011). Different kinds offamilies exist across all the races and various social backgrounds.Examples include nuclear families, single parent families,cohabitation families, cross generation families, foster homes andmany others[ CITATION Mar13 l 1033 ].The family strength framework is thought to be theoretical and allfamily organizations have their own weaknesses. Researchers insistthat the focal point of a study is critical and therefore when youfocus on one side of the situation that is exactly what will becomeyour perception. It is thus, advisable to ensure that all the modelsare analyzed and their strengths and weaknesses identified to ensurethat a healthy relationship and good health is achieved. Therefore,it is clear that the way individuals are brought up and the trends offamilies they grow in affects the type of families they build in thefuture (Hibbert-Murphy, 2011). However, it does not mean that if youwere brought up in a troubled family, you will definitely have asimilar family in future. It is believed that family hstrengthsdevelop the type of family and can be tested by developmentaltransitions. Family strengths are the fundamentals for growth andpositive change (Smith, 2013). To achieve the required strength,families have to take advantage of the available abilities. Forinstance, the family that identifies a sharing of their strongestemotions gives its members that chance to stick together. Thetogetherness is essential as it will keep them bound together intimes of difficulty and thus, a display of strength.

Familystrength framework

Theidentified structure has its focus on the ability to endureadversities. This power to survive the striking forces is believed tobe mentally developed. Many sources have also associated theadaptability with precise results apart from the resilience. This hasbeen well illustrated whereby an individual after enduring a certainsuffering they do not become perpetrators of the same act to theirnewer generations. Some changes in the structure have been linked tothe efforts of certain individuals whom people encounter in theirlives [CITATION Placeholder1 l 1033 ].Coaches, counselors, mentors, and teachers are among the groupsof people hailed for cultivating a resilience culture in individuals.In addition, some other social factors such as economic capabilities,urban poverty, and family violence have also been reasons for personsdeveloping resistance which have concurrently helped them to buildstronger families (Goldstein, 2012). The structure of this concepthas abilities to ensure that they do not look against families asdestroyed organizations. The efforts for repair through seeking thesurvivors and bringing back hope from the dysfunction experiences isthe aim and the reason for the existence of the structure [CITATION Placeholder1 l 1033 ].

Applicationto health care practice

Justas mentioned above, the reason for this framework starts by havinghope. The medical providers should not by any chance see terminallyill clients as being beyond healing. The care and encouragement shownby the nurses will be very directional to ensuring the family givesall they have to the recovery of the patients (al., 2015). Acombination of both ecological and development perceptions are to beused in solving the problems that arise. It is believed that thehealth problems that are experienced by families are the specificsymptoms of stressful life. Development of stress within familymembers is believed to be the later cause of subsequent healthpathologies. The highlight of normality and abnormality in the familyhealth is used to create awareness when negative or positive changeis experienced[ CITATION Bet04 l 1033 ].Thisis beneficial as the observed changes can be observed, determined andsolutions developed before they become pathological.


Familieshave been able to develop excellent resilience from the applicationof the model. Some individuals may fail to seek medical care due theperceptions associated with the underlying conditions. Through theirweakness, they can develop a healthy coping ability for theirproblems. It should be noted that not all the families become activefrom the resilient capabilities. Awareness should be key to ensuringthat families seek help all the time. Many families are said to askfor help most times when they are in crisis. Proper methods should beused to solve the befalling problems within the families to avoiddevelopment of subsequent pathologies


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