Friedman Family Assessment

Friedman Family Assessment

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Friedman Family Assessment
Lorena Lee, RN
NUR/405--Healthy Communities: Theory and Practice
May 28, 2012
Kim Hall

Friedman Family Assessment
The Friedman Family Assessment tool looks at the family as an open social system. It takes into account the structure, functions and the relationship of the family to other social systems. It allows the nurse to assess the family system in three areas, the family as a whole, the family as a part of the whole of society and as an interaction system (Stanhope & Lancaster, Chapter 24, 2008).
This assessment will take a look at the Allen family from the Neighborhood in episode one.
Identifying Data
The Allen family is a nuclear family with a single wage earner. It consists of Clifford a 64-year-old who are looking to retire in a few years, Pam is 65 and devotes her life to her son, and then there is Gary, the son who is 24 with Down’s syndrome.
Clifford is a middle manager for a small manufacturing company, Pam worked until their son was born, since then she has cared for their son Gary. She makes quilts as a hobby and often wins awards for them. Pam is able to sell a few quilts each year for extra income. Gary works part-time as a courtesy clerk at a local grocery store.
The family is Caucasian with the spoken language is English. Clifford and Gary are involved in church, and walk daily. Clifford belongs to a bowling league. Pam is devoted to her son and provides almost everything he needs, including getting him to and from work and other activities. She belongs to a quilting group where she often wins awards for them. She is able to sell a few to earn extra income. Her goal is to help Gary reach his potential despite of his limitations.

Developmental Stage and History of Family
Clifford and Pam are at middle adulthood but very close to maturity according Erikson’s Psychosocial Stages Summary Chart. Middle adulthood ranges from age 40 to 65 years of age. The basic conflict is...

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