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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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What's she going to be doing here?" The programme uses Danielle's burgeoning relationship with 49-yearold Gary's brood as a springboard for her to investigate the question of how to create the perfect stepfamily.
Children's negative responses to the changed family situation and issues around management and care of stepchildren pose the greatest challenge for parents and for stepfamily couples (Bray & Kelly, 1998; Hetherington & Kelly, 2002; O'Connor & Insabella, 1999).
Living under the same roof with his stepfamily has been a challenge for Derek Britton, whose father remarried last June.
Divorce, remarriage, and births to single women (those who later marry or cohabitate) result in about one-third of all Americans being part of a stepfamily. Bumpass, Raley, and Sweet (1995) showed that about 23 percent of children lived in a stepfamily in which the parent was legally married.
And although you fell in love with your spouse - not with with his or her children - most efforts to form a new stepfamily must focus primarily on your respective offspring.
The study itself closely examines six stepfamily systems.
Papernow explores the special challenges faced by stepfamilies in this practical text designed for stepfamily members and for varied practitioners, from clinicians to school counselors, clergy persons, educators, judges, mediators, lawyers, and medical personnel.
YOU don't say how long your stepfather has been around but I know from personal experience how tough it can be for everyone involved to find their place in a stepfamily.
In addition, she is still adjusting to her stepfamily: not only her mother's new partner, Carl, but the two 'pre-cookeds', step-siblings Lyall and Saskia, and the growing realisation that her father's partner, Steph, is having problems as a new mother to baby Flora.
Julie Ziglar Norman and her husband Jim Norman, know first hand both the trials and the joys of stepfamily life.
'From a personal view point I think it is better for children to be brought up in an environment where they have lots of brothers and sisters.': Social parenting is a growing trend:The most rapidly growing family type is the stepfamily, according to the ESCR research.
It's available from the National Stepfamily Association (0171 209 2460) and bookshops.