single-parent 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.

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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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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 1.2 years in the amount of time children spent living with one parent between the ages of 14 and 16.
Instead of household income, we found that, regardless of family structure, higher levels of maternal education increase the probability that children will graduate from college/university, and that children raised in temporally stable single-mother families, and those whose families transitioned from a single-parent family to a two-parent families have higher occupational attainment than children from temporally stable two-parent families for their longest job held.
Reconciling Results from the Single-Parent Family Study with Other Studies
That data supports the data reported by INEGI (2001) for the year 2000, in which the average size of a single-parent family was 3.2 members, while for nuclear families, it was 4.1.
Youngsters in a stepfamily have been faced with three transitions in family structure: from stable intact family to conflict intact family, then to a single-parent family, and finally to stepfamily.

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