Essay on An Idealistic View Of Family

768 Words Aug 15th, 2016 4 Pages
People may have an idealistic view of family in contemporary society; however, the reality is that families are diverse and decades of social change have resulted in numerus definitions of family (Barnes & Rowe 2013). There is an increasing need to recognise families using a family strengths perspective in order to detect where families are thriving, how they succeed and what they can do to improve positive outcomes (Smith and Ford 2013). Nurses, when working with families, need to adopt a family strengths framework approach so they are better able to undertake a complete family assessment (Smith and Ford 2013).
Barnes and Rowe (2013) define family as a couple living with or without children, or lone parents and their child or children, all living in the same home or dwelling. Whereas, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2006, np) defines a family as ‘two or more persons, one of whom is at least 15 years of age, who are related by blood, marriage (registered or de facto), adoption, step or fostering, and who are usually resident in the same household’. Although there are varying definitions of family, it is necessary to appreciate the political, social and cultural influences that mould the way family is measured (Barnes & Rowe 2013). The definition of family has adapted over time as family dynamics change (Barnes & Rowe 2013). Family is not always defined as legal or biological relations but can be understood as a sense of belonging (Lodge, Moloney & Robinson, cited in…

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