Between 1960 and 2010, the percentage of children living in families with their married biological parents dropped from 85% to 69%. Children today live in a range of family contexts, including stepfamilies and blended families. In this entry, the word stepfamilies refers to families in which one parent remarries but no additional children are born as a result of this union. The word blended families is used to refer to families in which one parent remarries and then has additional children with the new spouse or both spouses have children from their previous marriage, such that some of the children in the family are biologically related to both parents and some are biologically related to just one parent. Given the current prevalence of these ...

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