The Blended Family: Its Effects on Children Across Age Groups The concept of what constitutes a family has changed many times throughout history. The first family was probably a unit developed for protection and genetic self-preservation; that is, a female, particularly one with young, would have a better chance at survival when paired with a strong male who could provide for her. This kind of relationship eventually evolved into what we know today as the “nuclear” family, with up to several generations of one family line living in close proximity with one another, often in the same household. The family, however, continues to evolve. Today, the nuclear family is becoming less common, while the occurrence of the blended family is becoming...The end:
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