The family impact checklist, in my opinion, holds the most promisebecause it helps families realize the importance of supporting andsupplementing family members’ ability to do their respectiveresponsibilities. Moreover, it helps provide incentives thatdifferent people in the family should take to ensure proper familyfunctioning. Family impact checklist also strengthens maritalcommitments in a family and supports the families that could bevulnerable. For instance, a family that has the fewest resourcesreceives support from those that have more resources (Dennis et al.,2016). Additionally, the family impact checklist holds the mostpromise since it encourages family interdependence and involvementand protects the family`s integrity. Finally, the family impactchecklist ensures family diversity and empowerment by ensuring thatthere is no discrimination that exists between family members due tothe different configurations that come along with different familyunits.
Family life education or family science as a discipline could beinvolved in the method of family impact analysis. First, familyscience helps one chose a program or policy that is in their area ofexpertise and used the policy in developing family-based practiceswhen conducting an impact analysis. Second, family science helps inthe family impact analysis by determining the type of families thatcould be affected and list the concerns for each family type such asthe adoptive, birth, or extended family. Finally, family sciencehelps the impact analysis by identifying the functions that arerelevant for each family such as child rearing, economic support, andfamily creation.
In my work, I would use the family impact analysis to gather data andconduct the relevant reviews that will help come up with differentpolicy implications that are specific to certain family groups. Assuch, I would help families identify with the policies that would beof use to their setting.
Dennis, B. M., Nolan, T. L., Brown, C. E., Vogel, R. L., Flowers, K.A., Ashley, D. W., & Nakayama, D. K. (2016). Using a checklist toimprove family communication in trauma care. The AmericanSurgeon, 82(1), 59-64.
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