The specific references to the review of concepts related to family in present society, family strengths framework and the implementation of the framework in particular practices of the healthcare domain. The understanding of the different implications of the family in present healthcare could also be apprehended as major insights into the provision of family strengths framework in nursing care (Ansell, 2016).

The definitions of family have been changing over the course of many years across varying civilizations and societies. The particular classification of the definitions of a family according to its specific characteristics such as in the generic categories of nuclear and extended families depicts the formal changes observed in the domain of sociology. The following report is particularly directed towards apprehending the present definitions of family and a good impression of the family strengths framework (Clandinin et al., 2016). Thereafter the report is focused on the implementation of the family strengths framework in the case of nursing care which could be associated with viable recommendations from critical examples.

Family in present society:

The definition of a family in the present society has to be determined effectively in order to address the issues and effects observed in a family. As perceived in the majority of research and literature studies, the family is defined from the distinct present and traditional perspectives (Duncan & Goddard, 2016). The definitions of family in a conventional society can be associated with the description of a patriarchal institution in which the male father is the superior head of the family with a female mother and the children submissive to him.

Therefore the definition of family in present society can be associated with profound ambiguities observed due to the existence of profound bias on the grounds of any new form of the family structure being the example of present family structure (Jenson & Fraser, 2015). The present family structure is characterized by the generic definition of deviating from the traditional description of the family.

The changing conditions of actual families which have redefined the conventional perceptions of a family in the modern society could be observed profoundly in literature. However, the concept of a family in the present society did not include the notion of same sex parents as indicators of families which could be contradicted on the grounds of almost 80% of lesbians and gays living in family units alongside a major proportion of them being parents.

Family strength framework:

From a generic perspective, the family strength framework could not be assumed as a theory or a conceptual framework that could be validated on the grounds of hypothesis testing through scientific research (Muncie, 2014). Family strengths framework refers to a positive alignment or perspective on a global scale towards family and life based on an extensive research in 27 different countries.

The family strength framework also presents formidable implications towards the serious considerations which characterize the framework. First of all the framework cites the inherent strength vested in all families followed by an emphasis on reflection on strengths rather than problems in the family.

The emphasis of function over structure is also included as a vital aspect of the family strength framework. Sometimes it can be considered that upbringing in a strong family allows the opportunity to create a strong family on own as adults (Masten & Monn, 2015). Furthermore, the family strengths framework validates that strengths are developed and tested over an extended course of time involving normative developmental transitions.

Family strengths and healthcare:

The proper and comprehensive understanding of the family strength framework could enable nurses to facilitate better healthcare. The framework could be explicitly implemented by healthcare personnel in times of crisis of a patient for interacting with families on the basis of conceptual frameworks pertaining to family strengths.

The interaction could enable the healthcare service providers to develop strong and amicable relationships with the families of the patients thereby expediting the provision of healthcare alongside improving the experience (Vetere & Dowling, 2016). The prominent aspects of family strengths perspective which are noted comprehensively in the domain of healthcare service are verified in commitment, positive communication, spending time together, ability to cope with crisis and stress, sense of spiritual health and appreciation as well as affection.

The utilization of the family strength frameworks enhances the effectiveness of healthcare service providers as they reform the visions of the family members for the future thereby contributing to the cessation of major family troubles in times of crisis.


The report focused on the notable aspects of defining family in the present society, the factors related to family strengths framework and its implementation in healthcare provision. The prominent highlights of the definition of family in present society in the report could be effectively observed in terms of discussion on the ambiguities related to differences between conventional and modern definitions pertaining to the family. The report also illustrates the details of family strengths framework through the comprehensive depiction of the attributes of the framework and its differences from conventional theoretical models. The particular inferences from the family strength framework were also evaluated critically in the context of its application in the domain of healthcare. The report succeeded in drawing flexible insights pertaining to potential improvements in quality of service provided by healthcare providers through the application of family strengths framework.    


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