dysfunctional 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.

dysfunctional family

Psychology A family with multiple 'internal'–eg sibling rivalries, parent-child– conflicts, domestic violence, mental illness, single parenthood, or 'external'–eg alcohol or drug abuse, extramarital affairs, gambling, unemployment—influences that affect the basic needs of the family unit
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Johnson's study The Shadow of the Plantation, accompanied by an editorial headnote directing attention to the ironic resonance Ellison gives the social science text in his anecdotal rendition of Jim Trueblood's famously dysfunctional family life.
In The Shipping News (1993), the protagonist Quoyle and his dysfunctional family of two young daughters and a sensible old aunt leave the United States and settle in Newfoundland after the accidental death of his unfaithful wife.
They need to be comfortable with addressing dysfunctional family response to the disease and the resulting decision to placed a loved one in a nursing home.
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If our nation is an environmentally "dysfunctional family," as Vice President Al Gore says, I'll take this kind of therapy any day.
Bradshaw treatises on every calamity that might befall a person growing up in a dysfunctional family. Bradshaw offers books, tapes, seminars, and even vacation "recovery" cruises for those fortunate enough to have "survived" family dysfunction and also prospered.
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This same awareness also applies to counselors who grew up in a dysfunctional family of any description.
In the dysfunctional family, shame and guilt serve as the foundation for much of the child's self-concept.
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