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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 Violence and Abuse

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    Lynn Kuechle

    “the intentional intimidation, physical and/or sexual abuse, or battering of children, adults or elders by a family member, intimate partner, or caretaker” (Alpert, Cohen, & Sege, 1997, p. 53) Family violence can encompass child abuse and neglect, violence among partners and elder abuse (McDaniel, Campbell, Hepworth, & Lorentz, 2005; Segrin & Flora, 2011). Abusive families often lack the internal controls to create a safe environment and a significant power differential may exist that increases the risk of violence. An abuse of power contributes to an emotional or physical environment that is not nurturing for family members.

    ·        Screen for safe family environment

    ·        Recognize signs of abuse and assess family to rule out abuse

    ·        Ask about specific behaviors

    ·        Mobilize a safety network for the family

    ·        Acknowledge a range of conflict and difficulties in relationships

    ·        Initiate the work of change and healing

    ·        Launch referral system to obtain help

    ·        Interview family members individually

    ·        Ask questions in nonjudgmental, nonthreatening manner

    ·        Ruther assess use of substances

    ·        Develop safety plans as needed (McDaniel, Campbell, Hepworth, & Lorentz, 2005; Rizo, Macy, Ermentrout, & Johns, 2011).

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