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The Royal Family of Arendelle from Frozen CSUSM Cohort 26 Nursing 480

Members of the Arendelle Royal Family:

Name: Agnarr of Arendelle Age: 42 years old Developmental Stage: Generativity vs. Stagnation Role/Occupation: Husband; Father; King of Arendelle Description: Agnarr is a caring and loving father that would do anything for both of his daughters. Agnarr can be seen supporting Elsa throughout her childhood when she is learning how to control her powers and worries for her even at the cost of possibly harming himself. As a leader, he is loved by the people of Arendelle and think of him as a kind, strong, and diligent leader. When he is not attending to affairs of the kingdom, he can be found with both of his daughters that he likes to spoil.

Name: Iduna of Arendelle Age: 39 years old Developmental Stage: Intimacy vs, Isolation Role/Occupation: Wife; Mother; Queen of Arendelle Description: Iduna is a passive and gentle woman that loves her children and husband without condition. She is also someone who can control her husband's anger when it gets out of control. Despite her loving nature with her children, Iduna is able to punish both of her children if the misbehave but ultimately believes that her actions are for the well-being of her children.

Name: Elsa of Arendelle Age: 6 years old Developmental Stage: Initiative vs. Guilt Role/Occupation: Daughter; Older Sister; Princess of Arendelle Description: Elsa is someone who was born with the powers to control ice but is unable to control her powers. As her power continued to get out of control, she begins to isolate herself from others, like her younger sister due to fear of hurting her because she loves her, but she continues to receive affection from her parents. As she begins to regain control of her powers, she begins to come out of her isolation and interact with others.

Name: Anna of Arendelle Age: 3 years old Developmental Stage: Initiative vs. Guilt Role/Occupation: Daughter; Younger Sister; Princess of Arendelle Description: Anna is a playful and outgoing young girl that wants nothing else besides being loved by her older sister and spending every possible moment with her. Despite being injured by her sisters powers, she continues to love her sister without regard and is saddened when she begins to isolate herself from others. Everyday Anna tries to get Anna to come out of isolation and play with her but is usually refused by Elsa.

Analysis of the Arendelle Royal Family:

Religion: The Arendelle Royal Family practices Christianity and have a chapel within Arendelle Castle, Christianity is the main religion of that region.

Family Structure: The Arendelle family is a traditional nuclear family with a father, mother, and two daughters.

Living Situation: The Arendelle Royal Family lives in Arendelle Castle that is situated on an island in the harbor with various people coming to visit the castle grounds for official business with the King.

Elsa’s Room: Elsa’s room is Culture: The Arendelle Royal where she spends most of Family and the country of her time in with the door Arendelle celebrate multiple locked. As Elsa begins to lose holidays and participate in control of her powers, she multiple different festivals from begins to isolate herself more around the world. in her room with only her parents coming in her room.

Family Strengths and Weaknesses of the Arendelle Royal Family Family Weaknesses

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Family trust each other unconditionally. Family loves each other and displays it on a daily basis. Agnarr and Iduna love both of their daughter unconditionally and support both of them through any crisis. Elsa and Anna love each other unconditionally and will forgive each other for mistakes that happen, Both parents support Elsa in helping her learn how to control her powers that develop. Family has it basic needs met and the resources to help Elsa learn to control her powers.

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Stress from having to deal with Elsa’s uncontrolled powers and hiding her powers from other people. Elsa’s continued increase in isolation from family despite attempts from parents to expose her to the outside world. Parent’s lack of knowledge on how to help Elsa control her powers. Elsa’s fear of hurting her sister Anna, that furthers her isolation. Stress on parents from both having to nurture their daughters, while dealing with their responsibilities of rulers of Arendelle. Lack of other support systems for sisters besides their parents. Lack of diagnosis of Elsa’s condition due to lack of medical knowledge and is not currently treated.

Communications Practices of the Arendelle Royal Family Verbal Communication ●

Verbal communication in the Arendelle Royal Family is low-moderate in strength due a strong verbal communication between Agnarr and Iduna but a weak verbal communication between the parents and the daughters, with weak verbal communication between Elsa and Anna as well. This low-moderate strength can be attributed to Elsa’s increasing desire to isolate herself and not communicate with any other family members. Improvements that can be made to improve verbal communication in the Arendelle family are for the parents to engage in active listening and learning new ways to communicate with their daughters as they mature.

Non-Verbal Communication ●

Non-verbal communication is the Arendelle Royal Family most strongest trait with all members showing non-verbal communication on a daily basis. Both parents hug, kiss or hold their daughters on a daily basis with both parents showing non-verbal communication to each other on a daily basis as well. However, this strong family trait is slowly weakening due to Elsa’s increasing isolationism from her parents and sister.

Elsa’s Condition: Schizophrenia How does schizophrenia affect Elsa?

What is schizophrenia? According to the National Institute of Health, “schizophrenia is a chronic and severe mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves, with three categories: positive, negative, and cognitive (NIH, 2016).” ● Positive symptoms are psychotic behaviors that are not present in normal people with these people displaying a loss of reality due to hallucinations, delusions, thought and movement disorders (NIH, 2016). ● Negative Symptoms are associated with a disruption of normal behaviors and emotions, with some example symptoms include “flat face,” decreased speaking, reduction in emotions, etc. (NIH, 2016). ● Cognitive Symptoms includes disruption of cognitive ability such as memory or ability to maintain attention (NIH, 2016).

Unfortunately, Elsa displays the signs and symptoms that are characteristic of schizophrenia with positive symptoms. ● Elsa displays that she is losing touch with her reality due to the belief that she is able to control ice. ● Elsa has continuous hallucinations that she is able to control form ice and control ice at will and the her powers are getting out of control. ● Elsa is also developing a thought disorder, where she believes that everyone is against her and therefore, she needs to isolate herself from others to protect herself.

Developmental and Family Life Cycle Theory: The Arendelle Royal Family Stage of the Family Life Cycle: Families with Preschoolers

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Concept #2:

Family Development and Change over Time

Family Experience from One Stage to Another

Task #1: Adapting to the needs of preschool children. Even though there may be a time when Elsa learns to adapt to her schizophrenia, there will also be other needs that are needed to be addressed that may be as difficult as adapting to her schizophrenia. For example, if her condition worsens or what if her condition is found out by others. Task #2: Development of a plan to help cope with energy depletion. As Elsa’s condition worsens, there is a greater amount of energy required from her parents to provide care for her but with their responsibilities as rulers of Arendelle and parents to Anna, their energy available to spare is already at its peak. Agnarr and Iduna need to develop a plan that would allow them to accomplish their responsibilities as rulers but also have sufficient energy to care for their two daughters. Task #3: Lack of privacy as parents of two daughters. The amount of private time between Agnarr and Iduna will decrease with both daughters needing their attention and needing time spent with both of them. This issue is further complicated with their roles of rulers of Arendelle.

Application: ● If Elsa is diagnosed with schizophrenia, then the family will experience a family stressor that would result in a disequilibrium in the family dynamic that would then further result in an increase in the stress that already exists on all family members. The stressor that result from the diagnosis of schizophrenia would be considered a change that occured “off-time” and is an event that is unrelated to family development. This stressor would eventually result in the roles of each family member to change to the new situation by reassessment and reevaluation of each individual role in the family dynamic.

Interventions and Outcomes ●

Interventions ●

Intervention #1 : Refer Elsa to support groups and other resources such as peer interview to help Elsa understand her illness and develop new strategies to cope with the diagnosis. Research has shown that a supportive social environment is crucial for the process of personal recovery. Peer support groups can provide an opportunity to reduce isolation and enhance the process of personal recovery. It encourages people to express their thoughts, feelings, and personal concerns in a peer-to-peer learning environment (Castelein, Bruggeman, Davidson, & Gagg, 2015). Intervention #2: Refer Agnarr and Iduna to educational and training programs to expand their knowledge of schizophrenia and development of parenting strategies for raising someone with schizophrenia. Engagement in child and family mental health treatment has critically important clinical, implementation, and policy implications for efforts to improve the quality and effectiveness of care. (Haine-Schlagel & Walsh, 2015). Intervention #3: Identify potential barriers in both Elsa and her parents that prevent effective treatment of and coping with schizophrenia. Barriers to mental health help-seeking reduce the likelihood individuals will seek treatment for a mental health disorder (as cited in Vidourek, King, Nabors, & Merianos, 2014).


Outcome #1: Elsa will better understand her diagnosis and develop new coping mechanisms that would allow her to become less isolated from her family. Elsa will also use her new support group when she becomes unsure of her future. Outcome #2: Agnarr and Iduna will gain and understanding of what is schizophrenia and adapt their parent style to better accommodate Elsa’s condition and provide better support for her growth. Outcome #3: Elsa and each of her parents will identify one or two barriers that prevent effective treatment and coping of schizophrenia. They will then provide a possible solution that could resolve the barrier that was identified.

References Castelein, S., Bruggeman R., Davidson L., Van der Gaag, M.; Creating a Supportive Environment: Peer Support Groups for Psychotic Disorders, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Volume 41, Issue 6, 1 November 2015, Pages 1211–1213, Frozen. (n.d.). Retrieved March 13, 2018, from Frozen Wiki. (n.d.). Retrieved March 13, 2018, from Haine-Schlagel, R., & Walsh, N. E. (2015). A Review of Parent Participation Engagement in Child and Family Mental Health Treatment. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 18(2), 133–150. Schizophrenia. (2016, February). Retrieved March 13, 2018, from Vidourek, R. A., King, K. A., Nabors, L. A., & Merianos, A. L. (2014). Students’ benefits and barriers to mental health help-seeking. Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, 2(1), 1009–1022.


The Royal Family of Arendelle from Frozen  
The Royal Family of Arendelle from Frozen