The family stress model best applied to the family interviewed and whose details were provided in details in this paper. Barnet (2008) argues that the family stress model describes the process through which poverty influences child development. This model was advanced during the Great Depression, related to evaluation of paternal behaviors and the related child outcomes that such behaviors would have. The theory states that the economic disadvantages in a family in many cases triggers feelings of economic pressure that lead to psychological distress in parents, and this negatively impacts negatively in the child’s development and growth. The family in question would be analyzed in respect to these characters and how the family has been able to maneuver through the economic hardships. In addition, Hooper (1996) argues that the use of the 11 areas of Gordon patterns in family health allows the interviewer to indentify factors that may influence the health of the family, and relating the two models above would lead to a better understanding of the particular family. Below is a critical analysis of the 11 elements as postulated by Gordon.
The family investigated would be represented by the name “RP family” for confidentiality purposes. The family members to observe the same confidentiality would be denoted as follows: father (LR), the mother (AR), a 14 years old child (k1),an 11 years child (k2) and an 8 months infant (B child).
It was observed that on major decisions that affect the family, the parents; AR & LR discussed the issues with k1 and K2 and B having no input at this time. Major decisions were made by A & L together. The types of decisions observed included vacation planning, dinner choices, holiday plans, Saturday activities and summertime activities. All decision regarding children such as schooling, medical decisions, transportation decisions school sport participation