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Among family members there are very strong connections whereby if one member is sad or shows signs of negative behavior then a negative impact on the entire family is brought out (University of California, 2010). Despite the fact that each and every family is unique, in the modern world we live in there are too many activities to be involved in. These are the school, work, extracurricular activities and many others. Therefore families have a hard time struggling to be able to keep their commitments (Metcalf, 2011). In the Nguyens case, we can see that every member of the family is involved with each their own personal lives and so having family get together is not common.
The problem is that each family is also driving them away from each other; for instance, Thi Phan Nguyen together with her husband is facing difficult problems since her husband is jobless. Secondly he had been diagnosed with lung cancer which means they will have to dig deeper into their pockets for his medical treatment considering they do not have medical insurance. This has brought a rift between them. Their children some who are married are also not in sync with each other. Dong An, their daughter is separated from her husband after they had a physical argument. Dong An’s brother has a job however much of his time is spent in gambling. Such problems are known to lead to stress which can then result to unhealthy behaviors like the one Thi Phan is experiencing; she is oversleeping and also has lost her appetite.
With the family-centered treatment covers issues like grief, relationship challenges, family and partner violence, separation, divorce and many others (Goldenberg & Goldenberg, 2012). This goes to show that the entire Nguyen family will be catered for and all their problems will be solved by the therapy. Thi Phan and her husband will benefit in that, therapy will deal
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