blended family

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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.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

blended family

A family unit comprised of both biological and adopted children, and/or with children of different races, and/or a family with step-parent relationships arising from remarriage with parents who already have children from a previous marriage or relationship.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

blend·ed fam·i·ly

(blend'ĕd fam'i-lē)
Family group that includes children from past and present relationships.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

Blended family

A family formed by the remarriage of a divorced or widowed parent. It includes the new husband and wife, plus some or all of their children from previous marriages.
Mentioned in: Family Therapy
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The Catholic Church's official policy on remarriage often adds to the many challenges facing blended families. Despite common misperceptions, the church does not excommunicate divorced parishioners, but it does prohibit second marriages without an annulment.
It seems like all the stuff that can make life difficult for divorced and blended families gets stirred up around holidays.
The survey found that 55% of blended families felt their lives were more complicated than those of traditional families.
"My Bonus Mom!: Taking the Step Out of Stepmom" is a great adjustment handbook for children of divorced and blended families. Written by a woman who experienced all the conflicting emotions of a child undergoing such a potentially traumatic transition, "My Bonus Mom" takes a new look at the experience of accepting one or more new parent figures.
At first glance, estate planning for blended families might appear to be a niche market of little consequence for insurance advisors.
The fact that blended families often materialize after a divorce and end in divorce ups the ante for the need to have a strategy for actually blending the family.
According to the Stepfamily Foundation, 16.5 percent of American kids live in stepfamilies, or blended families, where both parents bring children into the marriage.
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