The Nguyens: A Natural Disaster Affects a Family System Vin and Li Nguyen are recent immigrants to..

The Nguyens: A Natural Disaster Affects a Family System

Vin and Li Nguyen are recent immigrants to the United
States. They reside in a small town along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where
a number of other Vietnamese immigrants have settled. Like many new members of
the community, the Nguyens are learning to speak, read, and write English and
are hoping to become naturalized citizens of the United States someday. After
arriving in the United States, the Nguyens invested all of their money in an
old shrimp boat in order to support themselves by selling their daily catch to
local seafood
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The Nguyens: A Natural Disaster Affects a Family System

Vin and Li Nguyen are recent immigrants to the United
States. They reside in a small town along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, where
a number of other Vietnamese immigrants have settled. Like many new members of
the community, the Nguyens are learning to speak, read, and write English and
are hoping to become naturalized citizens of the United States someday. After
arriving in the United States, the Nguyens invested all of their money in an
old shrimp boat in order to support themselves by selling their daily catch to
local seafood processing facilities.

Recently, the shrimp boat was heavily damaged, and the
seafood processing facilities were destroyed by a hurricane. Subsequently, the
Nguyens had no income for quite a while. With limited income and no health insurance,
they relied on the county department of public health for prenatal care when Li
became pregnant. Li’s pregnancy progressed normally; however, her daughter was
born with spina bifida. As you read this chapter, try to conceptualize the
Nguyens’ situation according to the crisis models presented.

Discussion Questions

1. What incidents have occurred in the Nguyens’ lives that
could be considered provoking stressor events?

2. Beyond the provoking stressor events, are there
additional stressors that the Nguyens must address?

3. What resources are the Nguyens using?

4. What additional information do you need to determine
whether the Nguyens are in crisis?

5. What factors will predict the outcome for this family?

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