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NURS 480 Visual Report By: Paige Densel An intricate look at the family science of the Pritchett family

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Introduction of the “Modern Family� Meet the Pritchett Family! A multicultural, straight, gay, nuclear, blended family who somehow manage to still remain traditional in so many ways. The family lives in the suburban of Los Angeles. Kids are going off to college, dropping out of college, unplanned pregnancies, and every person in this family manages to get themselves into trouble; yet, at the end of the day, everyone is there for one another. The Family Health System Model is a theoretical framework that helps us better understand this family as a whole, and as subunits that make up the larger family unit.

Subunits of the family

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Jay, Mitchell, & Claire

Jay, Claire, and Mitch are the root of the family. Jay is the father, and Claire and Mitchell are his two children. Jay is the head of the family. The extended family is always at his house, and he plans and hosts the events. Claire, has taken over Jay’s business, making and selling closets. This subunit is in the “Aging Family” stage, Jay is retired and now a grandparent. The children have formed families of their own.

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Cam, Mitchell, & Lilly

Cameron and Mitchell are a gay couple. Mitchell, is Jay’s only son. Cam & Mitch got married when gay marriage became legal in CA. They have an adoptive daughter, Lily. Mitchell is the breadwinner, an attorney. Cam works at the local high school. Their family communication is blunt, sassy, and they tend to hide things until it’s too big to hide. This subunit is in the “Families with School Children” stage.

The Dunphys

The Dunphey’s are a classic, nuclear family. Claire, is Jay’s only daughter. Claire started to work for her father when her children became older, and Phil is a real estate agent. She married Phil, and they have three children together. Hailey is the oldest, who dropped out of college and is unsure of where life will take her. Alex, is extremely smart and in college. Luke, the family clutz, has just graduated high school. This family always has one person trying to sabotage the other. This family is in the “Family Launching Young Adults”. They are preparing their last child, Luke, to leave the nest.

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The Pritchett's

There are many subunits of this family. Brother and sister subunits, father and children subunits, mother and children subunits, aunts and uncles to nephews and nieces, stepmothers to children subunits, grandparent to grandchildren subunits, cousin subunits, and the small family subunits with one another. This family has strength in unity and understanding. The weaknesses are hiding things from one another, and lying unit it becomes to large of a problem to control. But at the end of the day, everyone tells the truth and respects one another. The family is multicultural with a Christian background.

The Pritchett's as a Family Unit Jay remarried, after divorcing Claire & Mitchell’s mom. He married Gloria, a firecracker Clomubian woman with a son from a previous marriage, Manny. Jay has taken on the father role for Manny, though they do not see eye to eye very much. Jay likes golf and hunting, while Manny likes acting and theater. Gloria, became pregnant by surprise, with their son Joe, when Jay retired. This family’s communication practices involve a lot of yelling and sarcasm. Jay and Gloria have a very close relationship with Manny. This family has many stages; Families with preschool children, Family with teenagers, and family with Aging Family Members. Jay’s biological children are Claire, Mitchell, and Joe; and his stepson is Manny. Photo 6

The Family Systems Theory â—?



The Family Systems Theory is one of the most influential frameworks of studying family science (Kaakinen et al, 2015). This model looks at the family health dynamic as systemic, process based, and focuses on the individual and family unit interactions as a whole (Dunham et al, 2016). This model guides us into the study of how individual decisions and actions affect the family as whole, and the subunits within that family. The 5 realms the Family Systems Theory focuses on: 1) interactive processes: relationships, communication, nurturing; 2) Developmental Processes: family transitions, individual development; 3) Coping Processes, problem solving, resource use; 4) Integrity Processes: values, beliefs, identity, rituals; 5) Health Processes: health beliefs, behaviors, illness stressors, caretaking (Dunham et al, 2016). Concepts of the framework: 1) All parts of the family system are connected; 2) The whole is more than the sum of its parts; 3) All systems have borders and boundaries that stand between the system and the environment, 4) The system is divided into subsystems (Kaakinen et al, 2015).

The Family Systems Theory Applied to The Modern Family ●

Concept 1: Phil Dunphey, often lands himself in the hospital due to being a little clumsy. Every member of the family panics every single time and drops what they are doing, comes to the hospital, dragging along with them their problems of the day, making Phil’s recovery a little more difficult with the chaos. Though Phil is the only one in the hospital, everyone in the family is affected throughout the day. Concept 2: There are three families that make up the larger unit of the family as a whole. There are subunits within the three subunits of the larger family. This large unit of the “Modern Family” is what keeps the subunits close in relationships throughout daily routines, and is what makes them work toward unity at the end of the day. Concept 3: The Pritchett family have flexible boundaries around their environment. Usually, they judge outsiders or feel as if they have to hide who they really are as a family, but remain flexible about who joins in their family time. Concept 4: The large family is made up into the 3 subsystems

Problems & Interventions

Problems: The Pritchett family gets themselves into many sticky situations daily. Instead of being honest with one another, they lie and come up with elaborate schemes to hide problems for other people in the family, and the couples do not spend enough time with one another. Example: Phil landed himself in the hospital and wanted the stuffed animal that he had given Claire at the beggining of the relationship. Claire had lost the stuffed animals years before, but instead of just telling Phil, she stopped at every family member’s house to try to find it and even drove to Manny’s college.

Family Interventions & Outcomes 1) 2)



Assess the family process and how the family functions in a state of conflict, and the use of coping mechanisms. Address the family structure, roles, and subunits of the family while addressing the family as a unit, subsequently (Kaakinen et al, 2015). Decrease family stress by focusing on marital subsystems and helping couple’s spend more quality time with one another to keep a strong unit (Kaakinen et al, 2015). Outcome 1: Family will display appropriate coping mechanisms (talking to one another about their problems).

5) Outcome 2: In the face of conflict, the family will remain truthful and not lie or go behind one another’s backs. 6) Outcome 3: Couples in the family will spend more quality time together on a regular basis.

References Denham, S., Eggenberger, S., Young, P., & Krumwiede, N. (2016). Family-Focused Nursing Care. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company. Kaakinen, J. R., Coehlo, D. P., Steele, R., Tabacco, A., & Harmon Hanson, S. M., (2015). Family Health Care Nursing. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company.

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