Lynn Kuechle

Family Transitions

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The period in which a change is perceived by a family member or others; denotes a change in needs, health status, expectation or abilities that require new knowledge or change in behaviors (Meleis, 1986; 1991). Often characterized by changes in social support; loss of reference points; new needs or changes in prior needs (Meleis, 2010, p. 42). Explore individual and family events and development creating family transitions


Further development needed

  • Discuss family patterns that are being disrupted
  • Assess change occurring within the family that may influence the health and illness experience
  • Identify key family celebrations and routines that should be recognized
  • Explain environments and elements of the experience
  • Assist family to plan for transitions
  • Explore what information would be the most helpful at this time
  • Assume the role of family advocate when necessary (Eggenberger & Nelms, 2007)
  • Help family advocate for their ill family member (Meiers & Brauer, 2008)
  • Acknowledge the family’s sense of feeling wounded (Goetzke, Parks, & Person, 2014)


(Meleis, 2010)


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