Family Assessment

This learning activity aims for a full understanding and unbiased view of the family—not just its problems, but also its strengths, values, and goals. Understanding family structure and style is essential to caring for a family in the community setting. 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.

See the Interview Questionnaire in the attached document below.

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Upon completion of the interview, write a 750-1,000-word post.

Analyze your assessment findings and the family’s answers to your questions. Family health assessment is a two-part assignment. The information you gather in the first part of the assignment will be utilized for the second part of the assignment.

  1. Select a family, other than your own, and seek permission from the family to conduct an interview. Utilize the interview questions complied in your interview questionnaire to conduct a family-focused functional assessment.
  2. Document the responses as you conduct the interview. Do not put the family’s name, but utilize initials, the gender of each family member, and their age.

Your work must include the following:

  • 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?
  • Your assignment must include an eco-map and a genogram – as shown in the required textbook.

Submission Instructions:

  • The work is to be clear and concise and students will lose points for improper grammar, punctuation and misspelling.
  • The work is to be 750-1000 words in length, excluding the title, abstract and references page.
  • Incorporate a minimum of 3 current (published within the last five years) scholarly journal articles or primary legal sources (statutes, court opinions) within your work. Journal articles and books should be referenced according to APA style (the library has a copy of the APA Manual).
  • Your work should be formatted per APA and references should be current (published within last five years) scholarly journal articles or primary legal sources (statutes, court opinions)

Understanding family structure and style is essential to caring for a family in the community setting. 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. The information you gather in the first part of the assignment will be utilized for the second part of the assignment.

Select a family, other than your own , and seek permission from the 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. Do not put the family’s name, but utilize initials, the gender of each family member, and their age.

 

The Interview Questionnaire

Develop an interview questionnaire to be used in a family-focused functional assessment. The questionnaire must include open-ended, family-focused questions to assess functional health patterns for each of the following:

1. Collect information about the family’s environment. Is it a single-family dwelling? Are there hazards in the environment, accident hazards, do they have indoor plumbing and cooking facilities? What type of heating or cooling system is being used in the home?

2. Does anyone in the family smoke, use chewing tobacco, consume alcohol, or illegal drug use?

3. Values/Health Perception – how does the family assess their health status? What do they feel that they need to work on or trouble areas?

4. Who is the head of the household? Who has the final say in family decisions?

5. Does the family operate with specific assigned roles, or are the roles less defined? Who cooks dinner? Who does chores? Who helps the children with homework, bathes, and feeds them?

6. How is the family performing in their roles? Are there work or school-related strain? Are the children performing well in school?

7. Role Relationship- are the interactions within the family healthy or strained?

8. What are the family’s health-related behaviors? (Nutrition, Sleep, Activity/Exercise)

9. How does the family earn their income? Do the parents both work?

10. Are there cultural issues that are unique to the family? Do they use home remedies or other complementary health methods?

 

Upon completion of the interview, write a 750-1,000-word paper .

Analyze your assessment findings and the family’s answers to your questions.

Include the following in your paper:

1. Describe the family structure. Include individuals and any relevant attributes defining the family composition, race/ethnicity, social class, spirituality, and environment.

2. Summarize the overall health behaviors of the family. Describe the current health of the family.

3. 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?

4. Your assignment must include an eco-map and a genogram- as shown in the required textbook.

 

The Interview Questionnaire

Develop an interview questionnaire to be used in a family-focused functional assessment. The questionnaire must include open-ended, family-focused questions to assess functional health patterns for each of the following:

1. Collect information about the family’s environment. Is it a single-family dwelling? My name is EP, I’m 48 years old. My Wife’s name is JY, she is 44 years old. We have 3 children; the twins are 8 and SV. She is 10 years old. We have a four-bedroom home which is occupied by our family only.

2. Are there hazards in the environment, accident hazards, do they have indoor plumbing and cooking facilities? What type of heating or cooling system is being used in the home? We have been living here for a very long time and since we bought this house and had our children, we have tried our best to make this a safe environment for them. We try not to keep things around that are potentially hazardous to us. My wife and I make sure not to keep sharp objects around, we always try to keep the house clean. Yes, we have water running through the entire house and we have a kitchen that is well equipped with a stove, microwave, and a toaster as well as a refrigerator. In our home we have an air conditioner which provide us with central air and heating.

3. Does anyone in the family smoke, use chewing tobacco, consume alcohol, or illegal drug use? No smoking, chewing tobacco or illegal drug use. From time to time my wife and I will have a drink, but that is mostly when we go out to spend some alone time together.

3. Values/Health Perception – how does the family assess their health status? What do they feel that they need to work on or trouble areas? My wife and children are healthy, but I do have an issue with diabetes. We could work on spending more quality time together. One of the biggest problems we are facing right now is financial problems. We are still doing pretty good with keeping up with the bills and putting food on the table. We are a great team.

4. Who is the head of the household? Who has the final say in family decisions? I, the husband, is the head of the household, but I do not make big decisions that will have a major impact on the entire family without involving my wife.

5. Does the family operate with specific assigned roles, or are the roles less defined? Who cooks dinner? Who does chores? Who helps the children with homework, bathes, and feeds them?

6. How is the family performing in their roles? Are there work or school-related strain? Are the children performing well in school? In our family, my wife plays the role of emotional supporter, I am the disciplinarian, and my daughter is the big sister that watches her little brothers when were not available. Both my wife and I play the roles of provider, but right now I am playing the major role where that is concerned as my wife is self-employed and it is very slow at her work right now. My wife does not like cooking so I do most of the cooking even though there are rear occasions when she will cook. The kids are doing amazing in school. They don’t give us trouble in that sense.

7. Role Relationship- are the interactions within the family healthy or strained?

It is very healthy, we blessed with each other. We both do the best to make our life and our kids life easier.

8. What are the family’s health-related behaviors? (Nutrition, Sleep, Activity/Exercise)

My wife and kids have a pretty active and healthy life. My wife has a gym set up in the garage. She also runs every morning before she gets the kids ready for school. The kids play sport in their school. The only lazy one is me. After work, I just want to seat in front of the TV to watch some games and eat. No wonder why I’m the only sick one.

9. How does the family earn their income? Do the parents both work? Yes , we both work.

10. Are there cultural issues that are unique to the family? Do they use home remedies or other complementary health methods? No, we do not have any cultural issues. We are big on holidays. We celebrate each holiday together as family. We do not have experience with home remedies. If any of us are sick, we just go to the near clinic.