Using the concept of family strengths to enhance nursing care

Barbara J. Sittner, Diane Brage Hudson, John DeFrain

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This article was written to help nurses better understand the family strengths framework and encourage them to incorporate family strengths into the nursing care they give. In times of stress or crisis for families, nurses can use the conceptual framework of family strengths as a mechanism to promote strong, healthy relationships. The family strengths perspective identifies and builds on positive attributes in family functioning. Family strengths qualities are (a) commitment, (b) appreciation and affection, (c) positive communication, (d) time together, (e) a sense of spiritual well-being, and (f) the ability to cope with stress and crisis. With the family strengths approach, nurses help families define their visions and hopes for the future instead of looking at what factors contribute to family problems. Family strengths assessment can be used in nursing practice, nursing education, and everyday life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)353-357
Number of pages5
JournalMCN The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • Family
  • Family psychology
  • Nursing
  • Nursing methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (nursing)
  • Maternity and Midwifery


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