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NURS 5123:Family and Group TheoryFamily Assessment PaperCalgary Family Assessment ModelAnthony HinesMidwestern State UniversityJuly 10, 2017
IntroductionThe Calgary Family Assessment Model is a tool for evaluating and determining a certain family's patterns of overall health and wellness, including their habits and ways of functioning in their household. It is an integrated, multidimensional framework that is based on the foundation of systems, cybernetics, communication, and change theory that is merely influenced by postmodernism and biology of cognition (Wright & Leahy, 2012, p. 51). The Calgary Family Assessment Model is composed of three major classifications: structural, developmental, and functional. One point to remember with regard to doing a family assesssment is that the nurse should determine that all the information are based solely on the nurse's both personal and professional life experiences as well as her beliefs and relationships with the interviewees. Further, it is critical to remember that the information gathered is not taken as “the truth” about the family, but should be regarded as a perspective at certain point in time. My family of choice is the Diaz family. This is a family which consists of a father who is 49 years old, a mother who is 45 years old, and two children aged 21 and 18 years old. Both the children are daughters, and the elder one is in college while the younger one is in high school. Both parents are working in the business field, and the family runs a mini-grocery shop downtown. The main issue of the family is that both parents are diabetic. It is an illness in which the body can no longer produce sufficient insulin resulting to altered metabolism of carbohydrates and increased levels of glucose in theblood and urine. Diabetes is also considered as hereditary. The disease can be passed on to several generations in the family, even with proper maintenance and diet, but can also depend on some factors such as lifestyle and genetic susceptibility. Family AssessmentInternal StructureThe family composition of the Diaz family consists of a father and mother and two children. The mother and the father are married for 27 years by the time of the assessment. The father is a
businessman and is managing their small grocery business downtown, and the mother is a businesswoman as well, co-managing their small time business. Their grocery store downtown is the family's main source of income, and because the business is solely managed by both parents, their rolesas mother and father do not impede their time with the kids. The two daughters, C.D. And F.D. are 21 years old and 18 years old respectively. C.D. is in college taking up bachelor of science in business management, and F.D. is in junior year in high school. Since both daughters have a few years of age gap, they seem to act more like best friends than sisters. They go shopping together, they do each other's hair and make up, they do all the stuff best friends do, even they go to different schools. C.D.