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At Risk Populations

People who, because of their economic, environmental or family situation or a health problem or disability, are considered more likely than others to be affected by or become involved in self-destructive behaviour, criminal activity, abuse, substance abuse, chronic unemployment, homelessness, unwanted pregnancy and other problems which threaten their health, safety and/or personal development.

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Bereaved Individuals

Individuals who have lost someone who was close to them and whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by the loss.

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Community Newcomers

People who are new residents in a community.

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Ex-Offenders

Individuals who are no longer under required supervision by the criminal justice system.

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Families of Military Personnel/Veterans

The parents, children or spouses of people who are on active duty with one of the branches of the armed forces, who have retired from the armed forces following a military career, or who have been honourably discharged as veterans of military service.

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Families/Friends of Abused Women/Men

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have been involved in domestic violence or abuse, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about living in a violent and/or abusive environment.

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Families/Friends of Individuals With an Alcohol Use Disorder

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have an alcohol use disorder, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been negatively affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about the individual.

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Families/Friends of Compulsive Gamblers

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who are unable to control their impulse to gamble, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern about the individual and the consequences of gambling on their own lives.

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Families/Friends of Individuals With a Drug Use Disorder

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have a drug use disorder, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been negatively affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about the individual.

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Families/Friends of GLBT Individuals

The parents, children, heterosexual spouses or partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of gay men, lesbians, bisexuals or transgender individuals who may need support and assistance to deal with the person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

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Families/Friends of Mentally Ill

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have clinically significant behavioural or psychological problems, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about the mentally ill individual.

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Families/Friends of Missing Persons

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives of individuals whose whereabouts are unknown, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern for the missing person.

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Families/Friends of Murder Victims

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of victims of criminal homicide, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by the tragedy and the ongoing impact on their lives.

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Families/Friends of People with AIDS/HIV

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have tested positive on the HIV antibody test or have developed AIDS, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern about the individual.

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Families/Friends of People with Alzheimer's Disease

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have Alzheimer's disease, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern about the individual.

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Families/Friends of People with Cancer

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of people who have cancer, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by concern about the individual.

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Families/Friends of People with Eating Disorders

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives of people who have a compulsive obsession with food, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by ongoing interaction with and concern about the individual. Included are families of people who have anorexia, bulimia, a compulsive overeating problem and other similar disorders.

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Families/Friends of Sexual Assault/Abuse Survivors

The parents, children, spouses, partners, friends or other relatives or significant others of survivors of rape or other forms of adult or child sexual abuse, whose own patterns of personal, social and familial coping have been significantly affected by the sexual assault.

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Former Foster Children

Youth who have aged out of the foster care system and who may need support to successfully transition to independent adulthood. Also included are adults who, as children, were raised in foster care and are having difficulty with personal, social or familial coping as a result.

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People With Disabilities/Health Conditions

Individuals who have physical, sensory, developmental, cognitive, mental or emotional limitations, illnesses or injuries that affect their ability to engage in one or more major life activities. Disabilities and health conditions may be temporary or permanent, may be present at birth or occur at any point in a person's lifetime, and can be of different levels of severity.

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The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.