Family Health Care Nursing: Read Chapters 12, 13, 14, 15.
Topic: Developmental Task
For this discussion, choose one task from the family developmental and life cycle
theory (pages 361-370) and apply that task to a family in your nursing practice.
➢ chose Task Five- Adjusting to Changed Communication Patterns
Minimum of two (2) total references: one (1) from required course materials and one
(1) from peer-reviewed references.
Notes: - Reference must be no older that five years unless it is a course material.
- Do not use textbooks from other courses.
- Proper introduction
- Concise conclusion
Although, having a baby is a joyous time in couples’ lives, it also can be very demanding. The
tradition to parenthood is one that requires adjusting and adapting as becoming new parents.
After having a first child there is a change in marital satisfaction (Volling, Oh, Gonzalez, Kuo, &
Yu, 2015). I will be discussing how I would apply task five, adjusting to changed
communication patterns, to a family.
The married couple I chose is in their late thirties and had their first child two months ago. The
mother has chosen to be a stay at home while the father works full-time. They have been
fighting a lot lately and he seems angry at her that she is home with the baby while he works
during the day. Since having the baby there is altered communication between the two. They
are sleeping in different rooms because he expects her to take care of the baby at night while he
sleeps. She is feeling exhausted and stressed while taking care of the baby and the household.
She is holding in feelings of anger that he does not help her at night, and she is upset and sad that
they no longer communicate.
I chose adjusting to changed communication patterns as the developmental task and how I would
apply it to this family. I would sit down with this couple to talk to them about their
communication patterns. I will suggest to the couple that they use effective communication
patterns such as active listening and using “I” statements (Rowe Kaakinen, Padgett Coehlo,
Steele, Tabacco, Harmon Hanson, 2015). The couple needs to tell each other about their
frustrations. If the husband is lacking skills in caring for the baby I can help him with the area
that he needs help in or I can suggest a parenting class to him. I could also come up with some
strategies for the wife to get some rest such as the husband allowing the wife to take a nap when
he gets home from work or him helping with the household duties when he gets home from
work. I would also suggest that they set a specific allotted time once a week for date night
(Rowe Kaakinen, Padgett Coehlo, Steele, Tabacco, Harmon Hanson, 2015). By setting a time to
leave the house together without the baby this will allow them time away from the baby as well
as promoting communication with each other. The wife should also be assessed for postpartum
depression since she is experiencing stress and mood alterations. Studies have shown that ten to
fifteen percent of first time mothers are affected by postpartum depression (Epifanio, Genna, De
Luca, Roccella, & La Grutta, 2015).
Epifanio, M. S., Genna, V., De Luca, C., Roccella, M., & La Grutta, S. (2015). Paternal and
Maternal Transition to Parenthood: The Risk of Postpartum Depression and Parenting
Stress. Pediatric Reports, 7(2), 38. http://doi.org/10.4081/pr.2015.5872
Rowe Kaakinen, J., Padgett Coehlo, D., Steele, R., Tabacco, A., & Harmon Hanson, S. (2015).
Family health care nursing: Theory, practice, and research (5th ed.). Philadelphia, PA.
F.A. Davis Company.
Volling, B. L., Oh, W., Gonzalez, R., Kuo, P. X., & Yu, T. (2015). Patterns of marital
relationship change across the transition from one child to two. Couple And Family
Psychology: Research And Practice, 4(3), 177. Retrieved from
RUBRIC: DISCUSSION BOARD (30 pts)
of initial post
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consideration of the literature.
Examples from the student’s practice/experience are
provided to illustrate the discussion concepts.
Addressed all required elements of the discussion
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5 to 5 Points
Cited minimum of two references: at least one (1)
from required course materials to support rationale
AND one (1) from peer-reviewed* references from
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topic to support responses.
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APA format** is used for in-text citations and
Posts contain grammatically correct sentences
without any spelling errors.
NOTE: No direct quotes are allowed in the discussion board posts.
*Peer-reviewed references include professional journals (i.e. Nursing Education Perspectives, Journal of Professional Nursing, etc. – professional organizations (NLN, CDC, AACN,
ADA, etc.) applicable to population and practice area, along with clinical practice guidelines (CPGs - National Guideline Clearinghouse). All references must be no older than five years
(unless making a specific point using a seminal piece of information) References not acceptable (not inclusive) are UpToDate, Epocrates, Medscape, WebMD, hospital organizations,
insurance recommendations, & secondary clinical databases.
**Since it is difficult to edit the APA reference in the Blackboard discussion area, you can copy and paste APA references from your Word document to the Blackboard discussion area
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Family Health Care Nursing
Family Health Care Nursing
Joanna Rowe Kaakinen; Deborah Padgett Coehlo; Rose Steele; Melissa Robinson
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Publication Date January 30, 2018
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