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  • What is a Family Nursing Construct?

    A family nursing construct is an abstraction or mental representation inferred from family health or family care focused situations or behaviors. (Polit and Beck, 2008; Abate, 2002)

  • Family Resilience

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    Lynn Kuechle

    (Black, & Lobo, 2008; Walsh, 2003; Weihs, Fisher,& Baird, 2002)

    The “ability of a family to respond positively to an adverse event and emerge strengthened, more resourceful and more confident” (Benzies & Mychasiuk, 2009, p. 103; McCubbin & McCubbin 1993). Resiliency is fostered by protective factors and inhibited by risk factors. Protective factors transform responses to adverse events so that families avoid possible negative outcomes (Weihs, Fisher, & Baird, 2002).  Affirm family strengths and competence

    ·        Identify protective behaviors, as well as risk factors within and outside the family unit that influence health

    ·        Commend family strengths and praise efforts to meet needs

    ·        Identify ways family can access resources

    ·        Identify who helps the most with family’s greatest challenges

    ·        Explore families’ constraining beliefs that negatively influence health and resilience

    ·        Explore families facilitating beliefs that positively influence health and resilience

    ·        Implement actions that balance threats and resources

    ·        Identify spiritual or religious beliefs and sources that are viewed as helpful to the family

    ·        Encourage family discussions about conflicts and differences

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