Paragraph 1. The definition of family as we know it today has changed to include diverse structures, such as single parent families, LGBTQ+ families, and multigenerational family units. Family systems theory emphasizes that every family member is motivated by their own purpose, but they also influence the entire family. Nurses need to understand the family systems theory to provide holistic care since a patient’s family impacts their environment.
Paragraph 2 is subjective, and the definitions of family vary from person to person. Family can either be defined by choice or biology, or both. It is important to acknowledge non-traditional families, as the dynamics of the family and their interaction are what matters. Family systems and the theory behind it can help nurses better understand how families interact and to assess their health.