NRS-429VN Family Structures Discussion

NRS-429VN Family Structures Discussion

What is a definition of family that encompasses the different family structures prevalent today? Discuss the importance of acknowledging nontraditional family structures. Explain how family systems theory can be used to better understand the interactions of a modern family (traditional or nontraditional).




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Family structures that are prevalent today are vastly different from the inception of the nuclear family. According to (2021) the coined term “nuclear family” dates back to the 1920’s. The nuclear family consisted of male and female married couple and their offspring. 100 years later the nuclear family has evolved to be defined as a couple and their children, without indication of gender, marriage, or biological relationships, such as adoption or blended families (Green, 2018). A new family structure that is acknowledged in today’s time is called family of choice. This structure consists of individuals living in the same household caring and loving for other individuals that are not necessarily related to them by marriage, birth, or adoption (Green, 2018). NRS-429VN Family Structures Discussion

Ultimately, family is interconnected, whether it is by blood or by love. It is important to acknowledge non-traditional family structures because learned behaviors usually begin at home. Observing the complexity and emotions of the family system lends to understanding of the individual (Green, 2018). By assessing the family structure there can be more of a possibility for a nurse to better understand the patients influences or behaviors towards health promotion. This can be applied to both traditional and nontraditional family structures.



Green, S. Z. (2018). Understanding Families and Health Promotion. Retrieved October 12, 2021 from


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Family is traditionally defined as a unit with two parents and children of biological origin in a cohesive household. As society is constantly evolving the definition of family has expanded to encompass much more. Modern day definitions of family encompass many different familial combinations. This can include blended families or families where two parents come together with their children and they all live under the same roof. Different examples include LGBTQ families and single parent hosue holds. With all of these possible combinations I would define a family as a group of individuals that live under the same roof and act as a member of a unit or household and affect and are affected by the actions and emotions of the other members. Family has moved past its original definition in that biological relation does not necessarily determine a family member. “Family of choice indicates people chosen by an individual to care, love, and trust rather than the family of origin”(Green, 2018). This definition creates clarification for the members of a family that are not genetically involved in that particular family. NRS-429VN Family Structures Discussion

Family systems theory is a theory developed by Dr. Murray Bowen to help professionals better understand the functioning of a family and the way that each family member affects the whole unit. Understanding how the personality, emotions, goals, and education of each member is included in the family is important in order to care for someone with consideration of their role in their family. Understanding the individual and their familial interactions is important to healthcare because the only way to offer complete care to an individual is with considerations to their emotional support, resources, and role within their family. It is important to acknowledge the prominence of non-traditional families in society as health advocates because these types of families are very common and we must consider familial structure when providing care.


Green, S.Z. (2018). Health Promotion: Health and Wellness Across the Continuum. Retrieved from URL: NRS-429VN Family Structures Discussion