Essay on The Calgary Family Assessment Model
As a nurse, the primary focus is the wellbeing of your patient. Nurses must take into consideration all of the factors that contribute to a patients improved optimal health. According to the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO, 2006) it is important to analyze and assess families as a whole as they have the ability to positively or negatively affect the clients’ health. This paper will discuss the result of two interviews conducted in order to analyze a family (the Croods) using the Calgary Family Assessment Model (CFAM).
The CFAM is a model that is embedded within larger worldviews of postmodernism, biology of cognition and feminism. According to Wright and Leahey (2013) CFAM is a framework composed of three multidimensional categories. The three categories are structural, functional and developmental. Using the CFAM nurses are able to gain insight on one perspective of the family at a certain time and circumstance (Wright & Leahey, 2013).
The structural component of the CFAM is used to examine the family composition (Wright & Leahey, 2013). This category is used to gain insight in who does the family consist of, the internal relationships that take place within the family, and its context. This category can be further broken down into three basic parts, those being internal, external and context.
The internal part of the structural category has six subcategories. Of those six, the…