This interdisciplinary text examines five different components of family health-biology, behavior, social-cultural circumstances, the environment, and health care-and the ways they affect the abilities of family members to perform well in their homes, workplaces, and communities. Special awareness is paid to health disparities among individuals, families, groups, regions, and nations. The author discusses how health of individual families influences our local, national, and global communities. Families and Health argues that family health is not a privilege for the few, but a personal, national, and global right and responsibility.

Behavior Patterns: Families' Health Choices

Behavior Patterns: Families' Health Choices

Behavior patterns: Families' health choices

Interactive Nature of Family Health Behaviors

Case 3.1 Alicia: No Vaccinations for My Kids

Alicia huddled in an emergency room chair as the doctor approached. She was frustrated with the ever-increasing out-of-pocket health care costs; so she stopped taking her children to the doctor after the birth of her last child and refused to apply for Medicaid. She simply hoped no one would get sick, and if they did, they would use the emergency room. “Ms. Turner, your one-year-old son, Harry, is in a serious condition. He has developed complications from the measles resulting in acute encephalitis, that is, a swelling of the brain, a severe case of pneumonia, an infection of the lungs, and an inner ear ...

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