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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.

single-parent family

a family consisting of only the mother or the father and one or more dependent children.

single-parent family

Social medicine A family unit with a mother or father and unmarried children. See Father 'factor. ', Latchkey children, Quality time, Supermom. Cf Extended family, Nuclear family, Two parent advantage.

sin·gle-par·ent fam·i·ly

(sing'gĕl par'ěnt fam'i-lē)
A group in which the children live with only one parent.
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The fact that children from temporally stable single-parent families and those whose families transitioned from a single-parent family to a two-parent family had higher status jobs may be explained from the finding that mothers from these two clusters had the highest Hollingshead job rank of all four trajectories of family structure.
In our sample, there were only five black participants, all of whom were living in a single-parent family at wave 1.
When the incomes in the Single-Parent Family Study are contrasted with those from the United States, the differences are even more noticeable.
The corresponding percentages of children who had separated were 15 percent (4/26) and 11 percent (2/18) for children whose mothers transitioned from a single-parent family to a two-parent family and from a two-parent family to a single-parent family.
An increase of one standard deviation in the level of maternal schooling increases the likelihood of graduating from college by 14 percentage points, nearly three times as much as the corresponding effect for single-parent family structure (5 percentage points).
For the single-parent family variable, this amounts to an increase of 1.
Second, the predictive power of single-parent family structure appears to have increased over time.

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