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family

 [fam´ĭ-le]
1. a group of people related by blood or marriage or a strong common bond, such as those descended from a common ancestor, or a husband, wife, and their children.
2. a taxonomic category below an order and above a genus.
blended family a family unit composed of a married couple and their offspring including some from previous marriages.
dysfunctional family one in which adult caregivers are unable to consistently fulfill their family responsibilities.
extended family a nuclear family and their close relatives, such as the children's grandparents, aunts, and uncles.
nuclear family a family consisting of a two-generation relationship of parents and children, living together and more or less isolated from their extended family.
nuclear dyad family a husband and wife with no children.
family of origin the family in which a person grew up.
family processes the psychosocial, physiological, and spiritual functions and relationships within the family unit; for nursing diagnoses, see under process.
single-parent family a lone parent and offspring living together as a family unit.
skewed family a family in which one spouse is severely dysfunctional and the other spouse assumes an acquiescent, peacemaking stance to maintain equilibrium.
family (omaha) in the omaha system, a problem modifier defined as a social unit or related group of individuals who live together and who experience a health-related problem.

ex·tend·ed fam·i·ly

a group of persons comprising members of several generations united by blood, adoptive, marital, or equivalent ties.

extended family

a family group consisting of the biological or adoptive parents, their children, the grandparents, and other family members. The extended family is the basic family group in many societies. Among its characteristics are exchange of information from experienced older members to less experienced younger ones, care of the older family members in the home by the younger ones, and care of younger members' children by older members. Compare nuclear family.

extended family

Social medicine A family unit related by blood or marriage that extends over 3+ generations, and may include 'collateral' relatives, spouses, and progeny. See Companionship, Most significant other; Cf Nuclear family, Single-parent family, Social isolation.

ex·tend·ed fam·i·ly

(eks-ten'dĕd fam'i-lē)
The traditional or nuclear family, including any relatives.
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I challenge every DAV Auxiliary member to sign up one extended family member.
The black Zimbabwean extended family is not limited to siblings, cousins, uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, grandparents, grandchildren and current in-laws.
The African American experience has a powerful tradition of support through family, extended family and fictive kin.
In the large cities young people who live far away from their families form social relationships that rebuild the framework of the extended family and its services in all their forms.
In cases like these, extended family support offers obvious social benefits--more capable children, more your adults doing interesting work, fewer people on public assistance--at a time when "nuclear" families have never been more unstable.
As an extended family, a mutual help group can add new dimensions to the client's life.
When tragedy struck the Castillo family, the Club wanted to help and contacted Extended Family, which agreed to assist the Castillo family by paying for Jaylen's entire year of preschool - as well as some extra money to help make the holiday season a special one for him…a grant in excess of $7,000.
Abraham; and her devoted daughter Kelly Abraham, both of Shrewsbury; cousins, friends and extended family.
For eleven days each summer, the broad extended family would gather, share news and opportunities, and experience joy, adventures, and misadventures.
Dense with details, Nightingales gives readers not just the life of the Lady with the Lamp, but her vast extended family, myriad acquaintances among the most influential Victorians including the Queen, a vivid account of the Crimean wounded and an Army cover-up, religious bigotry, politics, writers and artists, and an analysis of a class-ridden society worthy of Jane Austen.
The DCFS places children in other states primarily to keep them within the homes of extended family members or people going through the process of adopting the children.
Whenever we meet on the boardwalk as an extended family, we're always greeted with friendly smiles, even from the old-timers

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