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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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This is a typical support among females in the extended family.
In addition to employment opportunities, Extended Family Care will serve as a resource for the community.
Extended Family is a nonprofit organization based in Woodland Hills, founded to help children of single parents who are raising a child or children without assistance from the other parent, like Eric and Jaylen.
She will be missed by all her family, friends, and extended family, but will be kept in our hearts forever.
The process taps into and mobilizes the knowledge, wisdom, and caring capacity of the extended family, its culture and community, in order to plan for the children's safety.
Building onresearch on the extended family carried out in Swansea in the 1960s, the professor is looking at the impact of modern life on family ties.
Because the village is one large, extended family, these visits can number a dozen before the evening has run its course.
Jefferson either engaged in such abuse himself or tolerated it on the part of one or more members of his extended family.
This annual gathering always feels much like an extended family reunion, and charming master of ceremonies Ted Levy will focus the spotlight on several generations of tappers.
The extended family has come under increasing historical scrutiny as well.
The front courtyard walls present an image of a unified extended family.
But Grace is raped by a member of her extended family, and hangs herself.
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