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For the first time Marie-Luise Friedemann's theory for nursing that centers primarily on the family is presented in its entirety. Friedemann provides a clear description of the framework of systemic organization, validating the concepts through existing research findings and case studies that explore the use of the framework with families. While explaining the interaction of modifying factors such as the family structure, life span considerations, and cultural influences within the family, The Framework of Systemic Organization emphasizes family health and healthy adaptation to change. It then focuses on crises resulting from illness and the environment--such as poverty and homelessness--and explores the effects these factors have on family members' wellness. Throughout the volume, the author guides the reader toward a concept of nursing that unifies theory, ...

Families in Crisis: Crises Arising within the Family Life Process
Families in crisis: Crises arising within the family life process


The first two parts of this book have focused mainly on health in families and the ability to adjust to changes by reestablishing congruence between family, family members, and the environment. Knowledge of healthy processes is vital for all nurses. Following the process outlined in Chapter 2, nurses engaged in family health promotion and primary prevention explore with their clients healthful living patterns that are congruent with their unique way of balancing stability, growth, control, and spirituality. Nurses help clients use the resources they already own to enhance some of their life patterns or shift priorities if a system change is needed. The promotion ...

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