blended family

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

Example: Two divorced people with children marry each other or the Brady Bunch.

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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
    • stepfamily (step-family)
  • Blended family used in a sentence: Max and Jacky both have children from previous relationship but created a blended family when they married each other.

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).

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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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How to Cite the Definition of Blended Family

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “blended family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved December 16, 2018 (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 December 16, 2018. https://sociologydictionary.org/blended-family/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“blended family.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 16 Dec. 2018. <https://sociologydictionary.org/blended-family/>.