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The proliferating stepfamily has come to reflect the multiple social changes in American family life Nevertheless the dominance of the nuclear family culture continues to marginalize and stigmatize stepfamilies Many people have an image in their mind of the nuclear family What is often forgotten about is that fact that times have changed and families have become more diverse Nurses take on the role of incorporating all members of a family as a whole when a health concern arises In order for a nurse to really evaluate the different dynamics of the family involved they must first put their beliefs and traditions aside A blended family has been interviewed The purpose of the paper was to help the family identify two priority challenges to provide them with interventions and set goals to overcome these challenges Upon interviewing the family it was noted that there were five people living in the household The interview took approximately two hours and forty five minutes on October second two thousand and eleven The style of the interview was carried out by one student asking questions developed from the Nurses and Families textbook fourth edition and the other student recording the families responses to the questions as well as their nonverbal communication The first family member introduced was RP a fifty-one year old business man who is the man of the house LP is a forty-three year old x-ray technician who presents an attitude of confidence and positivity BP is a nineteen year old female who attends a local community college for early childhood education She is the daughter of RP from another marriage MS is an eighteen year old female who attends a local university part time and a swimmer for the Canadian National team JS is a twenty year old male who has a high-school diploma and no further education MS and JS are the children from LPs previous marriage
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