Understanding Family Structure and Style

Understanding Family Structure and Style

Assignment on Understanding Family Structure and Style

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

The family that I chose to interview is one which has gone away from the traditional family structure and is doing a great job of bringing up a happy and healthy family. The main attribute about this family is its family structure since it is a blended or step family (Grotevant & Carlson, 2017) where the husband came in with one child from another marriage and the wife with another child also from a different marriage and they have had two other kids together. In general, they are a white Christian 6 member’s family. Given the fact that both parents have stable and well-paying jobs, they belong to the high class in the society and have managed to build a life in a beautiful and peaceful environment which is very conducive for bringing up their children.

Summarize the overall health behaviours of the family. Describe the current health of the family.

The overall health behaviour of the family can be rated as being good and even commendable. This is because the family has adopted a proactive approach towards their health thanks to the woman of the family who is very passionate about nutrition and fitness. The health policy of the family is the common phrase that prevention is better than cure. For this reason, their main focus is taking care of their nutrition as the main means of promoting their health and also preventing diseases. They follow a very strict diet regime characterised by healthy and organic foods with very minimal food choices. According to them, this is a culture which they have intentionally cultivated not only for the sake of health promotion for the family but also to try and in build the culture of healthy eating in their children from an early age which they can carry on to their adulthood. This to them is important because in such a fast-paced world cultivating a habit of healthy eating is very important yet very hard.

Exercise is also a very major part of their health regime for the parent and the children as well. The sedentary lifestyle that comes with the luxury of video games in the house is especially discouraged for the children. The two parents are religious about daily 30-minute workouts which they include the children from time to time and they also make time for a family work out session every weekend. Other than this the children are encouraged to be active in outdoor activities that involve them physically both in school and at home for example sports in school and games such as bike riding at home.

The family is however not very religious about doctor visits and check-ups unless an issue arises. Their approach is more preventive. In general, their current health can be described as being at a good level since they all are physically fit and they reported also being mentally fit and also reported having experienced very few incidences of illness in the past one year.

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.


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