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Types of Families

Today fully half of all families do not meet the definition of nuclear family. We have stepfamilies; single-parent families; families headed by two unmarried partners, either of the opposite sex or the same sex; households that include one or more family members from a generation; adoptive families; foster families; and families where children are raised by their grandparents or other relatives. Each has its distinctive advantages and challenges.

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Divorce: How to Help Your Teenager

For teens, the demise of their parents’ marriage packs nearly the same emotional wallop as a death in the family. Most rebound eventually, but until time heals, they can be expected to mourn the loss of their intact family.

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