Laura Cox Dzurec received a BS in nursing from the University of Connecticut, an MS degree in psychiatric mental-health nursing from The Ohio State University, and a PhD in nursing from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Dzurec is Associate Professor, School of Nursing, University of Maine, Orono, Maine, and formerly a clinical specialist in the psychopharmacology clinic of Acadia Hospital, Bangor, Maine. She is an ASPO certified childbirth educator.
ASSESSING FIT: A Key Indicator of Family Health
Version of Record online: 6 JAN 2011
1995 American College of Nurse Midwives
Journal of Nurse-Midwifery
Volume 40, Issue 3, pages 277–289, May-June 1995
How to Cite
Dzurec, L. C. (1995), ASSESSING FIT: A Key Indicator of Family Health. Journal of Nurse-Midwifery, 40: 277–289. doi: 10.1016/0091-2182(95)00022-C
- Issue online: 6 JAN 2011
- Version of Record online: 6 JAN 2011
Attending to how family members behave in relation to their emotional involvement with each other, as it is demonstrated in the family's structural, functional, communicational, and developmental patterns or fit, is essential to truly understanding the behavior of individual clients. Family assessment is important to certified nurse-midwives working with childbearing and childrearing women. Assessing families can help certified nurse-midwives to promote women's health and to assist with skill development for subsequent generations of women, children, and families. This paper is an overview of basic concepts of family assessment, with particular emphasis on clinical application of family theory. The focus is on assessing fit and on skills that the certified nurse-midwife can use for family assessment in daily clinical practice.