Vol. 25 No. 1 (2021): Journal of Nursing Pensar Enfermagem
Original Articles

Caring for a trigerational family

Fátima Moreira Rodrigues
Professora Adjunta, Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa, Doutora em Ciências de educação, Especialista em Enfermagem de Saúde Familiar
Ana Sofia Varandas Furtado
Licenciada em Enfermagem, Mestre em Saúde Comunitária, Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte

Published 2021-10-20


  • family,
  • nursing,
  • care

How to Cite

Moreira Rodrigues, F., & Varandas Furtado, A. S. (2021). Caring for a trigerational family. Pensar Enfermagem, 25(1), 31–40. https://doi.org/10.56732/pensarenf.v25i1.179


Families throughout the life cycle experience different transitions and have undergone many transformations, mainly in their structures, some resulting from the construction of conjugality or the paths of its dissolution. In this case study we appreciate the Rocha family, using Olson's Circumplex Model (2000) and the dimensions of the Dynamic Model of Family Assessment as references
(Figueiredo, 2012). The nursing diagnoses were validated by the family and are located in the development and functioning dimensions:

Marital satisfaction, not maintained by ineffective communication;
Parental role, not suitable, due to knowledge of the role not shown;
Parental role, not suitable, due to no consensus on the role.
Role of appropriate caregiver;
Non-dysfunctional family process;
Ineffective family communication.

In view of these diagnoses, it was possible to develop a care plan with the family to improve family well-being.


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