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blended family

Definition of Blended Family

(noun) A family consisting of two or more adult partners and their children together with their children from previous relationships either living with them or nearby.

Examples of Blended Family

Blended Family Pronunciation

  • IPA Pronunciation
    • American English
      • /blɛndɪd ˈfæm(ə)li/
    • British English
      • /blɛndɪd ˈfam(ᵻ)li/
  • Syllabification: (blend·ed fam·i·ly)

Usage Notes

  • Plural: blended families
  • A blended family can result from the combination of two or more divorced families or single-parent families.
  • Also called:
    • compound family
    • melded family
    • reconstituted family
    • remarried family
    • stepfamily (step-family)

Related Quotation

  • “We are living, I believe, through a transitional and contested period of family history, a period after the modern family order, but before what we cannot foretell. Precisely because it is not possible to characterize with a single term the competing sets of family cultures that co-exist at present, I identify this family regime as post-modern. The post-modern family is not a new model of family life, not the next stage in an orderly progression of family history, but the stage when the belief in a logical progression of stages breaks down. Rupturing evolutionary models of family history and incorporating both experimental and nostalgic elements, ‘the’ post-modern family lurches forward and backward into an uncertain future” (Stacey 1990:18).

Additional Information

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Reference

Stacey, Judith. 1990. Brave New Families: Stories of Domestic Upheaval in Late Twentieth Century America. New York: Basic Books.

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Cite the Definition of Blended Family

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “blended family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved October 19, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/blended-family/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

blended family. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/blended-family/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “blended family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed October 19, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/blended-family/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“blended family.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/blended-family/>.