Family Relations

Family Relations is a journal for family practitioners and academics on relationships across the life cycle with implications for intervention, education and public policy. It is published five times a year by the National Council on Family Relations. Editorial headquarters are in Blacksburg, Va. It has been in publication since 1951. Subjects covered include sociology, marriage and family.

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 2, April

Black Men Make Sense of Marital Distress and Divorce: An Exploratory Study
In the past 30 years, there have been significant changes in the Black family structure (Cherlin, 1992; Farley & Allen, 1987). One dramatic change has been the gradual disintegration of marital bonds. For example, the proportion of Blacks who divorce...
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Book Reviews -- Children and Marital Conflict: The Impact of Family Dispute and Resolution by E. Mark Cummings and Patrick Davies
Cummings, E. Mark, & Davies, Patrick. (1994). Children and Marital Conflict: The Impact of Family Dispute and Resolution. New York: Guilford. 216 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-89862-304-9, price $40.00; paper ISBN 0-89862-303-0, price $16.95.Cummings and...
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Book Reviews -- Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness by Betty Jean Lifton
Lifton, Betty Jean. (1994). Journey of the Adopted Self: A Quest for Wholeness. New York: Basic Books. 328 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-465-00811-9, price $22.00.Lifton's book adds to her collection of works on adoption. Here, she writes about the experiences...
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Book Reviews -- Meaningful Relationships: Talking, Sense, and Relating by Steve Duck
Duck, Steve. (1994). Meaningful Relationships: Talking, Sense, and Relating. [Sage series on Close Relationships.] Newbury Park, CA: Sage. 208 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8039-5702-5, price $32.95; paper ISBN 0-8039-5703-3, price $15.95.This is a book about...
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Book Reviews -- Preventing Physical and Emotional Abuse of Children by David A. Wolfe
Wolfe, David A. (1991). Preventing Physical and Emotional Abuse of Children. New York: Guilford. 168 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-89862-208-5, price $35.95. Also available in paperback.Wolfe's book is a much needed guide to effective intervention in families....
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Book Reviews -- Putting Families First: America's Family Support Movement and the Challenge of Change Edited by Sharon L. Kagan and Bernice Weissbourd
Kagan, Sharon L., and Weissbourd, Bernice. (Eds.). (1994). Putting Families First: America's Family Support Movement and the Challenge of Change. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 514 pages. Hardcover ISBN 1-55542-667-0, price $45.00.This 20-chapter volume...
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Book Reviews -- Relationships in Old Age: Coping with the Challenge of Transition by Robert O. Hansson and Bruce N. Carpenter
Hansson, Robert O., & Carpenter, Bruce N. (1994). Relationships in Old Age: Coping with the Challenge of Transition. New York: Guilford. 180 pages. Cloth 0-89862-198-4, price $25.00.The first half of this book reviews the critical role of relationships...
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Book Reviews -- Stepparenting: Issues in Theory, Research, and Practice Edited by Kay Pasley and Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman
Pasley, Kay, and Ihinger-Tallman, Marilyn (Eds.). (1994). Stepparenting: Issues in Theory, Research, and Practice. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 304 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-313-28502-0, price $59.95.The thirteen chapters in this volume, contributed by...
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Book Reviews -- Strengthening High-Risk Families: A Handbook for Practitioners by Lisa Kaplan and Judith L. Girard
Kaplan, Lisa, and Girard, Judith L. (1994). Strengthening High-Risk Families: A Handbook for Practioners. New York: Lexington Books. 166 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-02-916915-1, price $35.00.This book provides guidance to readers who may want to become a part...
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Child, Maternal, and Family Characteristics Associated with Spanking
Almost all children in the United States are spanked by their parents at some point in their lives. Spanking as a form of discipline receives support based on religious traditions (Greven, 1991) and widespread beliefs in the positive effects of corporal...
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Collaboration of Services for Children and Families: A Synthesis of Recent Research and Recommendations
Various human services are essential to meet families' and children's diverse, and often complex, needs. Although at-risk families are generally the focus of deliberations regarding human services, the needs of all families and children should be considered...
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Domains of Expressive Interaction in Intimate Relationships: Associations with Satisfaction and Commitment
People who are married to each other or are seriously involved with one another vary in how much time they spend together. Research has shown that partners who spend considerable time together tend to be more satisfied with their relationships than partners...
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Off-Timedness as a Contributor to Subjective Burdens for Parents of Offspring with Severe Mental Illness
Life course theory posits the existence of an age-graded timetable that marks when the movement into and out of expected stages should occur (Hagestad & Neugarten, 1985; Marini, 1984; Neugarten & Peterson, 1957). An individual's achievement of...
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Opening the Classroom Closet: Sexual Orientation and Self-Disclosure
In this article, I address two topics that are relevant to family pedagogy: sexual orientation and self-disclosure. I use my teaching experience to demonstrate how content and strategy--in this case, sexual orientation and self-disclosure--can be combined...
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Sending Children to Kindergarten: A Phenomenological Study of Mothers' Experiences
The relationship between parents and school professionals is filled with hope and tension. Both parents and teachers have an interest in the development of children, but parents' interests tend to be the particularized needs of and dreams for their own...
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Sexuality Education of Young Children: Parental Concerns
Transmission of values and attitudes about sexuality from parents to children is inevitable; values and attitudes are transmitted whether parents choose to actively participate in the sexuality education of their children or are neglectful in the matter...
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Surviving the Breakup? Predictors of Parent-Adult Child Relations after Parental Divorce
The high divorce rates of the past thirty years raise serious concern for family life, because divorce not only marks the breakdown of the marital bond, but often jeopardizes other family ties as well--most notably those between divorced parents and...
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Teaching about Ethnic Minority Families Using a Pedagogy of Care
For several years I have taught an undergraduate course on ethnic minority families in the U.S,. I consider the purpose of my course on ethnic minority families to be moral, because I believe that racial/ethnic arrogance and intolerance are morally wrong....
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The Art of Professing and Holding Back in a Course on Gender
In this article, I draw on my experience of teaching four "Sociology of Gender" courses between 1991 and 1994. The course is an upper-level undergraduate elective for sociology majors and for the women's studies cluster. The enrollment was approximately...
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The Impact of Workplace Support on Work-Family Role Strain
Work-family research has demonstrated that a significant proportion of employed parents experience some or a great deal of difficulty coordinating employment and family demands (see review by Friedman, 1987; Hughes & Galinsky, 1988). Coordinating...
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The Role of Empathy in Parenting Strategy Choices
Empathy is a personality construct that has received an enormous amount of attention in the psychological literature (cf., Brems, 1989; Dymond, 1950; Rogers, 1957). Its presence or absence has been tied to numerous positive behaviors, such as altruism...
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Toward a Tapestry of Impassioned Voices: Incorporating Praxis into Teaching about Families
In 1991, twenty-seven faculty members on the University of Michigan campus came together to talk about our collective struggles with multicultural teaching in our respective disciplines. We found that we had many strengths and challenges in common and...
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