Negative Effect of Environment on Families

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Negative Effect of Environment on Families
NUR 542
July 29, 2012

Negative Effect of Environment on Families
This debate statement will focus on the negative effect that the environment can have on families. There is a correlation between the direct environment in which a family lives and the degree of dysfunction in the household. This alone can be devastating to the family unit and to the individual members. There are some solutions that may help families to combat the negative effects that may have impact on their day-to-day life although at times change is not always easy or an advantage. Often, simply the physical setting is enough to disrupt and corrupt individual members in the family unit.
Family function versus
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The psychological and physical effects produce additional stressors not found in other environments. These effects have the potential to increase illness and injury associated with the physical environment, which can affect the family members for the duration of his or her life.
Associations and transactions
The neighborhood where the family dwelling is located influences the dysfunction of the family. In communities where housing is overcrowded, resources supporting the family are inadequate or nonexistent. These resources include community services, police coverage, fire protection, schools, churches, grocery stores, pharmacies, and medical facilities, including doctors’ offices and hospitals. Because these resources are limited or nonexistent, families cannot meet basic safety, educational, spiritual, physical, and medical needs, which only exacerbate the level of dysfunction within the family unit and community. It is imperative for the nursing assessment to include an evaluation of what resources are needed, what resources are readily available, what resources are used, and the families feelings and attitudes regarding access and utilization of resources within the community.
Disadvantages of change
Change is never easy but many times it is necessary. In the case of bad neighborhoods, change has many disadvantages. Disadvantages include cost, safety, and lack of


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