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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.

blended family

Etymology: ME, blenden, to mix
a family formed when parents bring together children from previous marriages.

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.

blend·ed fam·i·ly

(blend'ĕd fam'i-lē)
Family group that includes children from past and present relationships.

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.
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Ganong and Coleman (2004) in their review of stepfamily research conclude that is works best if stepfathers are supportive of the mother's authority and gradually develop a relationship or friendship with their stepchild.
Using nationally representative data from a sample of children ages 10 to 16 years at time of interview, our study focused on closeness between a child and stepfather and its predictors as a way to conceptualize positive stepfamily functioning.
Brave new stepfamilies: Diverse paths toward stepfamily living.
Danielle Lineker: One Quarter Of My New Stepfamily may not have been the most catchy of titles but it would have been more honest.
With a third of Britain's population being part of a stepfamily in some way, Danielle sets out to examine the complex relationships that often occur within these units, meeting children whose parents have found new partners to discover how they have coped with marital breakdown.
In these remarriages, if one or both members have a child from prior relations, this constitutes a stepfamily.
According to the National Stepfamily Resource Center (NSRC), at least one in three kids will live in a blended family (stepfamily) before age 18.
Chapters go on to teach the reader what to expect during and after a divorce, from dealing with mom and/or dad dating again to meeting a new stepfamily to traveling alone, coping with less money in the family (divorce and lawyers are expensive
Whereas clearly not all children living in intact families demonstrate a "healthy" level of adjustment as measured by standardized scales of well-being, much of the research over the years has confirmed the relative advantages of children living in stable, two-parent families as compared with lone-parent or stepfamily situations (Ram and Hou, 2003; Brown, 2004; Carlson and Corcoran, 2001; Dawson, 1991).
Four in 10 participants of each gender lived with both biological parents, two in 10 m a stepfamily and the rest in some other arrangement; about one-quarter reported a high degree of religiosity.
95) tells of Joel, who is looking forward to his new stepfamily.
This way she can daydream about that heady night of breaking class barriers while doing her chores as second-class citizen in her stepfamily.