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Lecture 9

NUR1 221 Lecture Notes - Lecture 9: Wind Chime

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NUR1 221
Sebastien Breau

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Characteristics of Healthy Families
A sense of togetherness that promotes capacity for change
A balance between mutual and independent action on the part of family members
Availability of nurturance and resources for growth and sustenance
Stability and integrity of structure
Adaptive functioning
Mastery of developmental tasks leading to interdependence, progressive differentiation and
transformation to keep family system functioning
Communication that is open, honest, clear, direct, and responsive to nonverbal messages
Unity commitment and time together
Flexibility ability to deal with stress and spiritual well-being
o Teach respect, ethical values, and compassion for others
Communication positive communication and appreciation and affection
o Respectful and honest communication
o Listen to each other without cutting someone off and trying to understand where the other
person is coming from
o Appreciation and affection - Sense of humour, respect individuality, etc.
Able to manage conflict even if for them it means not talking about it at all
Assessing Healthy Family Behaviour
Difference between resilience factors and healthy behaviours
o resilience factors factors used to recover from a challenge or stress are strengths or
resources a family can use in times of distress
o health behaviours used all the time in times of stress and good times
love and respect, collaboration
Criteria for Assessing Healthy Families
Ability to provide for the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs of the family
Ability to be sensitive to the needs of family members
Ability to listen and communicate effectively
Ability to initiate and maintain growth-producing relationships and experiences inside and outside
the family
Demonstration of mutual respect for family and others
Commitment to teach and demonstrate moral code
Concern for family unity, loyalty, and interfamily co-operation
Capacity to use humours and to share leisure time with each other, and to each other’s company
Ability to perform roles flexibly and share responsibility
Ability to maintain balance of interaction and privacy among the members
Ability for self-help and helping other family members when appropriate
Ability to use crisis or seemingly injurious experiences as a means of growth
Ability to grow with and through children
Wind chime analogy family
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