After reading this material and checking the interactive presentation you will:
The definition of the family has changed over time especially the terms we use to describe different families. Today we tend to use terms like:
To give you an idea of the range of definitions used to describe the family across a range of disciplines we have created an interactive presentation. Use this link to access. In the presentation you can click on the discipline or name of the authors to see their definition of what constitutes a family. The aim of this exercise is not to present a comprehensive list of definitions but to help remind you of the range of interpretations available which are influenced by the different disciplines (e.g. nursing, sociology etc).
From the professional viewpoint, if someone in the family is having mental health problems and the family is included in their care, the following points should be considered:
The importance of the family can be seen in the following videoclip called 'Brothers Reconnecting'
-included in the interactive presentation
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