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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD (Southwestern Adventist University)
Description: As theory and practice in family nursing have grown and changed, this book has been updated to remain current. This 714 page, fifth edition is packed full of the basics of family nursing. There are no pictures or illustrations in this black-and-white book, but there are some tables and other organizational features. The first edition appeared in 1980.
Purpose: "The text's focus . . . includes nursing diagnoses and interventions. . . The family assessment model is based primarily on three theoretical perspectives: a systems perspective, a structural-functional perspective, and a family developmental perspective. A multicultural perspective is also integrated throughout." Further, "We hope this text is able. . .[will] give you the foundations to practice more comfortably and effectively with families." The content reflects the authors' objectives and purposes well.
Audience: "This text is intended for undergraduate and graduate family nursing students and practitioners who are not practicing advance family therapy or family systems nursing . . . [the interventions] are insufficient for working with the very complex family in which more sophisticated, indirect interviewing and advanced counseling skills are required." I agree that additional information might be needed for some family intervention scenarios. However, this book is very complete and would be most useful in a situation where intervening on the family level was a serious goal. The authors are well qualified by education and practice.
Features: The book is divided into four parts: introduction, basic theoretical foundations, family nursing process and cultural differences. Chapter 17 on family stress, coping, and adaptation is particularly well done, as is the section on cultural diversity among families. The assessment tools, study questions, and glossary of terms all add learning value to this text. Each chapter has learning objectives but most are written on the lower cognitive level.
Assessment: This is an excellent resource. I use it to augment the couple of classes on family nursing in the community nursing course I teach. If I were to teach a whole course on just family nursing; this would be my choice of textbooks. It should be in every library where nursing students or nurses go for information.