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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 with Disease and Death
Families in crisis: Crises with disease and death

Introduction

The content of this part involves the life process of families who are forced to change their patterns as a result of a serious illness of a family member. The chapters draw heavily from the content of the previous chapters in that a disease, or pathology in medical terms, demands a change of family life patterns and may become a contributing factor in the development of a crisis if the family process fails to meet its members' developmental needs. Table P4.1 summarizes the concepts of the framework of systemic organization relative to health and their relationship to each other. The table clarifies the differences between theory-based nursing and ...

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