Family Development Theory Research Paper by SchoolGirl

Family Development Theory
A discussion and analysis of Evelyn Duvall's family development theory.
# 118910 | 2,244 words | 13 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 14, 2010 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues)

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In this paper, the writer outlines the major concepts of Evelyn Duvall's family development theory and its assumptions about family and nursing. The writer provides the rationale behind the choice of this theory and explains what a family assessment using this theory would involve. The writer also looks at the applicability of family development theory in advanced practice, how it is culturally applicable and how it has been used in advanced nursing research studies. In addition, the writer identifies the theory's strengths and weaknesses and summarizes a research article based on the theory. The writer also considers the future research that is needed.

Theory and Author
Major Concepts
Assumptions about Family and Nursing
Rationale for Selection
Family Assessment using Family Development Theory
Critique of the Framework
Strengths and Weakness of Family Development Theory
Research Article Using Family Development Theory
Future Research Needed

From the Paper:

"Evelyn Duvall is the author of the Family Development Theory; however, she was not always an author on theory. Her lifelong observations about life as it happened brought her to a career as an author family development. The Family Development Theory framework has a storied history that parallels that of the history of the United States in both war and peace. A world war brought changes to the American family and the evolution that took place started the family development movement. Two catalysts sparked the Family Development Theory: women who were independent for the first time and returning soldiers who were home for more than a quick weekend pass. The traditional roles had changed, causing what was considered a "crisis of reunion" (Duvall, 1988, p. 127)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Arcidiacono, C., Velleman, R., Fioretti, G., & Georgio, U. (2007). Professionals' evaluation of the '5-step method' for helping family members of substance misusers in the context of the Italian Health Services. Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, 14(4), 367-388. Retrieved May 22, 2009, from EBSCOhost database.
  • Beckett, C. (2000). Family theory as a framework for assessment. Retrieved May 24, 2009, from
  • Cole-Kelly, K. (1990). Review of The changing family life cycle: A framework for family therapy. Family Systems Medicine, 8(2), 207-209. Retrieved May 24, 2009, from EBSCOhost database.
  • Duvall, E. (1988, April). Family development's first forty years. Family Relations, 37(2), 127. Retrieved May 15, 2009 from
  • Frey, B. (1998, December 17). Evelyn Duvall leads the field in family development: Charlotte Englewood Edition. Sarasota Herald Tribune, p. 4B. Retrieved May 13, 2009, from Business Dateline database.

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