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
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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This can make estate planning in a blended family particularly difficult, as it can take more work to ensure that everyone feels like they are being treated fairly.
In fact, Shimberg says, there are many benefits to being in a blended family, including new step-siblings.
2068.0, ABS, Canberra, 2007 Table 1: Survey estimates: couple families with children, (a) Australia, 2003 Count of families Children aged 0-17 Group Number per cent Number per cent Intact family 1,775,500 90.3 3,333,800 89.2 Step family 98,600 5.0 158,400 4.2 Blended family 78,100 4.0 224,400 6.0 Other family 14,900 0.8 21,500 0.6 Total couple families with 1,967,000 100.0 3,738,200 100.0 children Source: Family Characteristics, Australia, June 2003, catalogue no.
The tendency of some couples to escape reality may also prove detrimental to a blended family's success.
This seminar will be beneficial to anyone who has a loved needing long-term care, is in a second marriage or blended family, or has property, life insurance or retirement accounts.
It's about four very different sisters living in this blended family, dealing with health issues, a parent overseas in military, LGBTQ, and all sorts of trials and tribulations of the heart.
Since then, the two have spent time not only together but also with one another's children, making for a blended family. In a September 2017 interview, Cruz emphasized that they both sought their children's approval regarding their relationship, and that Mathay treats her daughters like his own.
Galland has a deft touch in illustrating the inherent difficulties in creating a blended family, especially when one of them is a dog.
But I'm Not A Wicked Stepmother!: Secrets of Successful Blended Families is for any new stepmother who wants to succeed at building a strong blended family, and comes from two stepmothers who discuss strategies to help women blend two families into a unit.
Stewart and Ashley are having a tough time adjusting to their new, blended family. Stewart is a highly gifted, socially awkward geek, whereas Ashley deems herself a fashion-conscious, popular girl, enjoying the attention of all the cute boys and envious girls at school.
It's late August in this first instalment, and cameras observe the Barry-Powers blended family in Cardiff, as mum Louise struggles to meet the culinary demands of five children.
“The term 'blended family' is a myth -or at least a misnomer.