Understanding Family Structure and Style

Discussion questions:

Describe the family structure. Include individuals and any relevant attributes defining the family composition, race/ethnicity, social class, spirituality, and environment.

Summarize the overall health behaviours of the family. Describe the current health of the family.

Based on your findings, describe at least two of the functional health pattern strengths noted in the findings. Discuss three areas in which health problems or barriers to health were identified.

Describe how family systems theory can be applied to solicit changes in family members that, in turn, initiate positive changes to the overall family functions over time.


1. Values/Health Perception

· What does health mean to you?

· Describe for me your family’s health values?

· How would you rate the health of the family on the overall?

2. Nutrition

· What does nutrition mean to you?

· What is your criterion if choosing family foods?

· What snack options do you offer your children?

3. Sleep/Rest

· How important is sleep and rest to the family?

· What are the average hours of sleep for the family members?

· Are naps a part of your daily routine?

4. Elimination

· Do all member of the family have normal bowel movement?

· What actions are taken to ensure proper elimination for family members?

· When was the last time any of the family members experienced problems with elimination?

5. Activity/Exercise

· To you, how important is physical exercise?

· How many times do you exercise in a week?

· How do you incorporate exercise in your children’s daily routine?

6. Cognitive

· Does any of you have any issues with remembering things?

· How good is the decision making power of the different members of the family?

· How often is reading practiced?

7. Sensory‐Perception

· How is the function of the basic five senses (touch, smell, taste, hearing and eyesight) in general?

· When was the last time any of you experienced a problem with either of the senses?

· Is there any intentional effort made to maintain or grow the function of either of the senses?

8. Self‐Perception

· What is your perception of self?

· Do you like what you see when you look at the mirror?

· Is there any member who experiences confidence or self-esteem issues?

9. Role Relationship

· Do you have defined roles in the family?

· What criterion is used for defining roles?

· How does role definition affect your marital relationship?

10. Sexuality

· How important is sex to you?

· How often do you have sex?

· How would you rate your sexual relationship?

11. Coping

· How would you rate the resilience of your family members?

· How well are family members able to cope with situations of stress and pressure?

· Have you experienced a stressing situation lately and how did each one of you respond?