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Running head: FAMILY ASSESSMENT USING CALGARY FAMILY ASSESSMENT MODEL(CFAM)1Family Assessment using Calgary Family Assessment Model (CFAM)Your NameInstitution
FAMILY ASSESSMENT USING CALGARY FAMILY ASSESSMENT MODEL (CFAM)Family Assessment using Calgary Family Assessment Model (CFAM)The model of family assessment using Calgary Family Assessment Model (CFAM)provides a chance for nurses to conduct interviews on assessment of families. The CalgaryFamily Assessment Model makes use of three categories that include functional, structural, anddevelopmental. All these have subcategories that help to understand the strengths, weaknesses,and resources which a family needs (Wright and Leahey, 2012). A nurse can make use of theinformation presented to identify the problems in the family, identify the perspectives,understand the challenges that the family faces and to identify ways to solve those problems.This paper is going to discuss the assessment of a man named Tom suffering from chronicpulmonary cancer by incorporating a family’s living experiences through the Calgary FamilyAssessment Model.The names of the family members for the person interviewed have been changed to retainconfidentiality. Tom Harrison is the man suffering. He is 40 years old and is married to Ivy. Theyhave a son together who is called Derrick. The structural model of the CFAM is also divided intoan internal and external context. It helps the nurse to identify the members of the family that arebeing assessed and to identify the relationship which exists between the members of the familyand people that are not members of the family. The internal context of the analysis includesfactors such as family composition, sexual orientation, subsystems, gender, boundaries, and rankorder. External factors would include items such as the extended family, race, and ethnic groupof an individual.2Family Structure Assessment
FAMILY ASSESSMENT USING CALGARY FAMILY ASSESSMENT MODEL (CFAM)The family of Tom Harrison is made of Tom who is 40 years old, his wife Ivy who is 37years old, his son Derrick who is 10 years old, and Tom’s mother, who is 72 years old. Maria hasbeen suffering from arthritis, a problem which was caused due to aging. She was forced to moveand live with Tom, her child where she can receive proper care and attention. Ivy spends most ofher time taking care of Maria as her nature of work allows it. Tom works as a software engineerand has a very busy schedule. Derrick, the son to Tom and Maria, attends school. Everything wasgoing quite well for the family until Tom was diagnosed with pulmonary cancer. This resulted instraining of the family both financially and emotionally.Extended FamilyTom maintains a close touch and communication with his extended family. Kennedy isone of Tom’s cousins who Tom keeps a close touch. Kennedy takes time to inquire how Tom isdoing by visiting him regularly and keeping in touch. Kennedy and Tom schooled together and3