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Cynthia A. Gerhardt, PhD, Cynthia A. Berg, PhD, Deborah J. Wiebe, PhD, MPH, Grayson N. Holmbeck, PhD, Guest Editors: Cynthia A. Gerhardt, Cynthia A. Berg, Deborah J. Wiebe and Grayson N. Holmbeck; Introduction to Special Issue on Family Processes and Outcomes in Pediatric Psychology. J Pediatr Psychol 2017; 42 (1): 1-5. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw104
The term “family” can convey a variety of meanings and has come to represent an increasingly diverse and dynamic system of biological, legal, social, emotional, and/or cultural relationships among individuals. Traditionally, the nuclear family has been defined by objective characteristics, such as biological or legal status in relation to one another, but this definition has become more complex, as individuals share their subjective views about who is important and influential in their lives. In the United States, family structure and composition have changed significantly over the past several decades (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015). Rising divorce rates and single parenthood have meant that children are now more likely to be living with a sibling rather than a father. People are waiting longer to get...