Movie: Little Miss Sunshine
Sheryl Hoover is an overworked mother of two children. The family lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sheryl’s brother, Frank, is an expert scholar on French author Marcel Proust. He is temporarily living in the Hoover family home after a psychiatric hospitalization following a suicide attempt. Sheryl’s opinionated husband, Richard, is trying to build a career as a motivational speaker and life coach, which is the main focus of his time and attention.. Sheryl’s son from her previous marriage, Dwayne, is an unhappy fifteen-year-old who has taken a vow of silence until he can accomplish his dream of getting into the US Air Force Academy to become a test pilot. Richard’s father, Edwin, a World War II veteran, was recently evicted from a retirement home due to drug use, also now lives with the family. He is close with his seven-year-old granddaughter, Richard and Sheryl’s daughter, Olive. When Olive learns she has qualified for the “Little Miss Sunshine” beauty contest that is being held in Redondo Beach, California in two days, she is thrilled. Money is tight and due to various issues, the only way to make the trip is if everyone goes. Although Richard, Dwayne, and Frank don’t want to go, they all band together to support Olive and take the 800-mile road trip in their old yellow Volkswagen T2 Microbus.
Describe each family member in terms of how they are related to each other and their role in the family (e.g. student, breadwinner.)
Describe the family in terms of ethnicity, socioeconomic status, family form (e.g. single parent, married with children, etc.), possible experiences of discrimination, stereotyping or oppression, and immigration or migration status. Are there any other possible stressors?
Are there any family goals and, if yes, what are they? (e.g. have all children graduate college)
What are some of the spoken (explicit) family rules? What are some of the unspoken (implicit) family rules?
What are the family’s strengths? Is there evidence of resilience? If yes, how?
How does the family relate to outside systems, i.e. open boundaries or generally closed off? Give an example.
What are some of the family subsystems?
Describe the communication styles between family members. Does this work or is there room for improvement? Explain your conclusion.
Most families, even the healthiest, highly functional ones, have some areas where they might improve. Are there any areas for improvement in the Hoovers? If yes, describe.
If you were the social worker for this family, what, if anything, would be the focus of your work, what issues would be important to address and how would you go about engaging them?
Each question needs to be answered in a paragraph
must use PowerPoint to support answers as needed
Movie: Little Miss Sunshine