As the object of research, the family of Robinson was chosen. It consists of both parents and two children (a twelve-year-old Eddie and a nine-year-old Lucy). The father works in a bank, and the mother is a housewife. The chosen family quite actively monitors the observance of a healthy lifestyle and periodically seeks medical care for some services. During the assessment process, the basic health patterns were examined that helped to identify specific indicators and identify critical issues that need to be corrected.
Family Values and Health Perception
According to the conducted survey, all family members quite adequately assess the need for periodic professional examinations, especially when one of them faces a real health problem. As Gavin et al. (2014) remark, regular comprehensive analyses can help in timely prevent severe consequences of any disease and serve as a useful preventive measure. Therefore, the family of Robinsons can be considered quite well-motivated.
The survey data show that the family members appreciate the help of their family doctor, with whom all have established good relations. The children and the parents often turn to this man for help. Also, all the family members take their measures to lead a healthy lifestyle, for example, adhere to proper nutrition and periodically do sport.
Peculiarities of Nutrition and Rest
The Robinsons try to adhere to a healthy diet and rarely buy foods with a high content of harmful substances. Parents are well aware of what their children need to eat to grow up healthy. Surely, sometimes Eddie and Lucy buy harmful products since their father and mother give them pocket money. Nevertheless, both parents and children are ready to eat right. Rollans, Schmied, Kemp, and Meade (2013) claim that this approach is right and reasonable. Perhaps, that is why the family does not have the problem of obesity, and none of its members suffer from this ailment.
As for sleep and rest, the father sometimes experiences problems, suffering from insomnia. The children are quite active and sleep deeply. The mother also does not suffer from a lack of sleep. Sometimes, she has to do a lot of housework, and then she feels tired, but both parents try to keep the balance in rest and work. The children usually do not need control as they fall asleep on their own. However, adults still check every day whether their children have fallen asleep before going to bed.
Problems Elimination and Physical Activities
Excluding harmful foods from the diet, the family of Robinson chooses in favor of vegetables and fruit. Since the mother spends quite a lot of time in the kitchen, none of them feels discomfort because of the monotonous ration, and all family members are satisfied. Perhaps, that is why none of them have ever addressed doctors with any serious health problem. When Eddie was seven years old, he broke his finger while playing basketball, but this was the only case. The parents do not have to contend with the consequences of ill health because both they and their children rarely get sick and do not have dangerous chronic diseases.
Good health is mainly due to regular sports activities, which are supported by all members of the Robinson family. According to Eldredge, Markham, Ruiter, Kok, and Parcel (2016), a family’s passion for physical exercises helps not only improve immunity but also strengthen the relationship between parents and children. Despite the fact that the adults do not always train with their children, they taught Eddie and Lucy to go in for sports in their early childhood, and children like active rest.
Cognitive Features, Sensory-Perception, and Self-Perception
According to the survey, all family members understand the need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and do not intend to abandon it. The children are not inclined to show too much interest in harmful products and rarely eat outside their home, except for school. The parents confirmed that Eddie and Lucy never behaved naughtily or aggressively and did not violate established behavioral norms.
Regarding medical procedures, the mother and the children sometimes visit various specialists to check their health status. The father rarely applies to doctors and claims that he does not see much sense in additional control over his health. As Weber and Kelley (2013) claim, it is a common problem of many families because men spend a lot of time at work and do not tend to check their health indicators often. However, all the family members note that they feel the benefits of their lifestyle and do not want to change it.
Both the parents and the children do not complain about any problems and do not see the need to change living conditions because of any discomfort. Neither the adults nor the children experience difficulties and entirely agree with the current lifestyle. Their family doctor confirms that all the members of the family have rather good motivation and are not inclined to break the routine.
Role Relationship and Sexuality
As a rule, the mother is responsible for control over the observance of a healthy lifestyle and the purchase of useful products in the family of Robinson. She is the most motivated and continually encourages her children and husband. Primarily due to her activities, the family eats healthy food and periodically goes in for sports. The mother is an example for the rest of the family and helps everyone to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Both parents confirm that they have a regular sex life and note that they are satisfied with its regularity. According to Kaakinen, Coehlo, Steele, Tabacco, and Hanson (2014), this indicator is quite essential in family life and largely determines the relationship between the parents. Neither the father nor the mother showed a desire to consult a sexologist.
Coping with Main Problems
When assessing the dynamics of the Robinsons’ treatment, they can solve some minor health problems on their own. The parents and their children do not often seek help from medical institutions. Smolkowski et al. (2017) note that some health problems can arise if people rarely undergo comprehensive examinations. Nevertheless, there are no severe diseases in this family, and they have never encountered any crisis periods related to the need for treatment.
The basic health patterns helped to determine that the family of Robinson does not experience serious health challenges. Two wellness problems that should be analyzed thoroughly are the father’s insomnia and his reluctance to undergo medical procedures because of the lack of time caused by much work. The whole assessment helped to identify that the family does not have any adverse habits and actively supports a healthy lifestyle.
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