Family Dynamics

by Jill Beavers-Kirby

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    Hi, today we are gonna be talking about Family Dynamics. My Name is Jill Beavers-Kirby. So what do we wanna access in Family Dynamics? We will access the emotional changes, behavioral changes, the family's vulnerability, changes in body image and self image, the impact on the family and nursing diagnosis. So what are some of the possible emotional changes? The family needs to support each other. They support each other by listening to tone and attitude towards one another. But nurse will need to watch for these behaviors. They need to be empathetic with one another. They need to be able to reach out to one another. The nurse needs to observe all of these issues in a family dynamics. How are the family members communicating with each other? What is the family's coping mechanism? Are they stand by the bedside 24 hours a day? Are they going out and drinking too much or have other restless behaviors? What are some of the behavioral changes? Well, with an acute illness, on that is short term. The changes may be short term. These changes may be lack of energy or lack of patience. They get tired of being sick and tired. With the chronic illness, the family must attain a new base line of functioning. This can be difficult for many families. Chronic illness may be seen as a loss. So if you are chronically ill from emphysema you may see your loss of respiratory function as a hindrance. Changes in base line functioning will affect the family members. Terminal illness may cause short bouts of shock and anger, denial or withdrawal. The family has to adjust to a new baseline this can be really tough for a lot of families. They may experience anticipatory grieving. The families may go through...

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Family Dynamics by Jill Beavers-Kirby is from the course Psychosocial Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Family Dynamics
    • Changes of Body Image
    • Nursing Assessment

    Author of lecture Family Dynamics

     Jill Beavers-Kirby

    Jill Beavers-Kirby

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