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. 55, No. 1, January

A Note from the Guest Coordinator
From the time I started teaching university students 12 years ago, Family Relations has always been an important source of information for me regarding postsecondary pedagogy. Over the years, I learned from many knowledgeable and insightful scholars...
Creativity in Psychotherapy: Reaching New Heights with Individuals, Couples, and Families
Creativity in Psychotherapy: Reaching New Heights With Individuals, Couples, and Families. D. K. Carson and K. W. Becker. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, Inc. 2003. 237 pp. Hardcover ISBN: 0-7890-1578-1, $59.95; Paperback ISBN: 0-7890-1579-X, $34.95.There...
Feminism and Mentoring of Graduate Students*
Abstract:A small body of mentoring literature exists, but how mentoring relates to feminist supervision of graduate students has not been explicitly addressed. Because mentoring typically socializes individuals into a preexisting structure that feminist...
Graduate Distance Education in Family Relations: A Case Study
Abstract:This paper discusses graduate distance education in family relations and related disciplines, using a case study approach. Challenges that occur in distance graduate programs are outlined and illustrated by examination of a new master's degree...
Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations
Handbook of Dynamics in Parent-Child Relations. Leon Kuczynski (Ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. 2003. 488 pp. Hardcover ISBN: 0-7619-2364-0, $115.Bringing "together researchers who have contributed to dynamic processes in parent-child relations...
"I'm Just Glad My Three Jobs Could Be during the Day": Women and Work in a Rural Community*
Abstract:The purpose of this qualitative study was to better understand the experience of wage-earning women in the context of rural economic restructuring. An ecological and life course theoretical framework was used. Nine community leaders and 17 wage-earning...
Kids Raised by the Government
Kids Raised by the Government. I. M. Schwartz and G. Fishman. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 1999. 153 pp. Hardcover ISBN: 0-275-96264-4, $49.95.Kids Raised by the Government is an investigation into the status of the child welfare system in the United...
Marital and Sexual Lifestyles in the United States: Attitudes, Behaviors, and Relationships in Social Context
Marital and Sexual Lifestyles in the United States: Attitudes, Behaviors, and Relationships in Social Context. L. Rouse. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Clinical Practice Press. 2002. 327 pp. Paperback, $34.95; Hard, $59.95. ISBN: 0-7890-1071-2.The book is designed...
Preparing Future Faculty and Family Professionals
Abstract:The Department of Family Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, developed a Preparing Future Faculty and Family Professionals program to enrich the graduate education and professional development of its doctoral students. This...
Protective Family Factors in the Context of Neighborhood: Promoting Positive School Outcomes
Abstract:Three developmental contexts-school, neighborhood, and family-influence school outcomes. The focus of the current investigation was on the promotive role of 4 family factors-family satisfaction, family support, family integration, and home academic...
Reweaving the Social Tapestry: Toward a Public Philosophy and Policy for Families
Reweaving the Social Tapestry: Toward a Public Philosophy and Policy for Families. D. S. Browning and G. G. Rodriguez. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. 2002. 160 pp. Paperback ISBN: 0393322726, $14.95.The volume is based on information gathered at...
Straight Talk about Your Child's Mental Health: What to Do When Something Seems Wrong
Straight Talk About Your Child's Mental Health: What To Do When Something Seems Wrong. Stephen V. Faraone. New York: The Guilford Press. 2003. 389 pp. Cloth ISBN: 1-57230-894-X, $35.00; Paper ISBN: 1-57230-631-9, $16.95.Dr. Stephen Faraone presents a...
Teaching Family Policy in Undergraduate and Graduate Classrooms: Why It's Important and How to Do It Better*
Abstract:As newcomers on college campuses, family policy courses have the potential to benefit policymaking, fill a void in undergraduate and graduate education, strengthen families, and prepare students for lifelong political engagement during a pivotal...
Teaching the Classics in Family Studies: E. Franklin Frazier's the Negro Family in the United States
Abstract:This paper (a) reintroduces E. Franklin Frazier's 1939 book, The Negro Family in the United States, to family scholars and graduate students and highlights its importance as a groundbreaking and classic text, (b) provides both an introduction...
The Impact of Community Diversity and Consolidated Inequality on Dropping out of High School
Abstract:Data from the National Education Longitudinal Study were combined with census data at the zip code level to examine the impact of neighborhood racial and ethnic diversity and consolidated inequality, in addition to individual, family, and school...
The Net Worth of Female-Headed Households: A Comparison to Other Types of Households
Abstract:This article presents the results of a study that investigated the level of assets and debts that female-headed households have in comparison to those of married-couple households and other types of households. The empirical results revealed...
Transforming the Master's Degree in Human Development and Family Science*
Abstract:This study chronicles the transformation of a master's program from a traditional degree format to a more integrated, flexible, efficient, and relevant approach. The transformative strategies involve cohort learning, creative concentrations,...
Treating Difficult Couples: Helping Clients with Coexisting Mental and Relationship Disorders
Treating Difficult Couples: Helping Clients With Coexisting Mental and Relationship Disorders. D. K. Snyder and M. A. Whisman (Eds.). New York: The Guilford Press. 2003. 448 pp. Cloth ISBN: 1-57230-882-6, $45.00.Practitioners who work with couples will...
Wade into the Water: Preparing Students for Successful Quantitative Research*
Abstract:To date, family scientists have not examined the processes and outcomes of research training. In this study, we present a potential way in which the research-practice gap is sustained by our current forms of research education, and we suggest...
What Kids Need: Today's Best Idea's for Nurturing, Teaching, and Protecting Young Children
What Kids Need: Today's Best Idea's for Nurturing, Teaching, and Protecting Young Children. R. Shore. Boston, MA: Beacon Press. 2002. 278 pp. Hardcover ISBN: 0-8070-4128-9, $25.00.What Kids Need is a readable resource book that delivers what the tide...