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Journal of Marriage and Family

The Journal of Marriage and Family is a quarterly journal published by the National Council on Family Relations in Minneapolis, Minn. Its subjects are marriage and family and its audience is comprised of researchers, scholars, academics, practitioners of psychology and other professionals working in this field.

Articles from Vol. 62, No. 4, November

Biosocial Perspectives on the Family
New theoretical models conceptualize families as systems affected by, and effecting change in, reciprocal influences among social, behavioral, and biological processes. Technological breakthroughs make noninvasive assessment of many biological processes...
Conceiving and Investigating Motherhood: The Decade's Scholarship
Mothering and motherhood are the subjects of a rapidly expanding body of literature. Considered in this decade review are two predominant streams in this work. One is the theorizing of mothering and motherhood and the other is the empirical study of...
Decade Review: Observing Marital Interaction
This article reviews the advances made in the decade of the 1990s in observing marital interaction. Many technological advances in data collection, including synchronization of physiology, behavior, and cognition, and advances in data analysis such as...
Economic Circumstances and Family Outcomes: A Review of the 1990s
This review documents the economic context within which American families lived in the 1990s. Despite nearly full employment and growing income and wealth for many Americans, problem areas included persistent racial gaps in economic well-being, growing...
Families Formed outside of Marriage
Cohabitation and childbearing outside of marriage are increasingly common family arrangements in the United States. Cohabitation is becoming more like formal marriage in that both are childrearing institutions. Attempts to study the meaning of families...
Families in the Middle and Later Years: A Review and Critique of Research in the 1990s
Key Words: aging, decade review, family gerontology, middle years, older adults. Research on families in the middle and later years came into its own during the 1990s, documenting the complexity, malleability, and variety of older family connections....
Families of Poverty in the 1990s: Trends, Causes, Consequences, and Lessons Learned
During the 1990s, poverty rates in the United States remained relatively stable despite a robust economy in which unemployment and inflation were at their lowest points in many years. Approximately 13% of individuals, 11% of families, and 19% of children...
Families with Young Children: A Review of Research in the 1990s
Research conducted in the past decade on families with young children concentrated on 5 broad topics: (a) the transition to parenthood; (b) the importance of maternal sensitivity for children's attachment security and subsequent adjustment and social...
Family Relationships of Lesbians and Gay Men
Key Words: families, gay men, lesbians, parenting, relationships. The family lives of lesbian and gay people have been a source of controversy during the past decade. Despite prejudice and discrimination, lesbians and gay men have often succeeded in...
Gender and Families: Feminist Perspectives and Family Research
Key Words: feminist perspectives, feminist research, gender and families. This review provides a selective overview of scholarship on gender and families over the past decade. First, we discuss four characteristics of feminist perspectives to theoretical...
Has Family Policy Come of Age? A Decade Review of the State of U.S. Family Policy in the 1990s
Family policy has come of age in the 1990s, yet it has not achieved a status commensurate with that of economic or environmental policy. Because family policy has been difficult to define, this review proposes an explicit definition of the term family...
In the Mix, Yet on the Margins: The Place of Families in Urban Neighborhood and Child Development Research
In the 1990s, the most popular theoretical and empirical research issue concerning the local ecologies of families focused on the impact of family structures (e.g., household composition) and processes (e.g., child management strategies) on the relationship...
Marital Processes and Parental Socialization in Families of Color: A Decade Review of Research
Research published during the past decade on African American, Latino, and Asian American families is reviewed. Emphasis is given to selected issues within the broad domains of marriage and parenting. The first section highlights demographic trends in...
Reinvestigating Remarriage: Another Decade of Progress
The body of stepfamily research published this decade exceeded the entire output of the previous 90 years of the century. The complexity and quality of the scholarly work in this decade improved as well-better samples were obtained, methods were more...
Research on Domestic Violence in the 1990s: Making Distinctions
This review of the family literature on domestic violence suggests that two broad themes of the 1990s provide the most promising directions for the future. The first is the importance of distinctions among types or contexts of violence. Some distinctions...
Research on Household Labor: Modeling and Measuring the Social Embeddedness of Routine Family Work
This article reviews more than 200 scholarly articles and books on household labor published between 1989 and 1999. As a maturing area of study, this body of research has been concerned with understanding and documenting how housework is embedded in...
Research on the Nature and Determinants of Marital Satisfaction: A Decade in Review
Scientific study of marital satisfaction attracted widespread attention in the 1990s from scholars representing diverse orientations and goals. This article highlights key conceptual and empirical advances that have emerged in the past decade, with particular...
Scholarship on Fatherhood in the 1990s and Beyond
Throughout the 1990s, scholars interested in fatherhood have generated a voluminous, rich, and diverse body of work. We selectively review this literature with an eye toward prominent theoretical, methodological, and substantive issues. This burgeoning...
Sexuality in Marriage, Dating, and Other Relationships: A Decade Review
In this article, we review the major research advances made during the 1990s in the study of sexuality in marriage and other close relationships. More specifically, we provide a critical review of the empirical findings from the last decade on such sexual...
The Changing Demography of America's Families
We use data from a variety of sources to describe recent dramatic changes in the composition, economic stability, and diversity of American families. The declining prevalence of early marriage, increasing level of marital dissolution, and growing tendency...
The Consequences of Divorce for Adults and Children
I use a divorce-stress-adjustment perspective to summarize and organize the empirical literature on the consequences of divorce for adults and children. My review draws on research in the 1990s to answer five questions: How do individuals from married...
The Decade in Review
In an earlier editorial, I noted that good science has difficulty with compliance, in that innovation derives from noncompliance. In this volume, we have the opportunity to explore growth and innovation, to review advances of the last decade, and to...
The Sociology of Adolescence and Youth in the 1990s: A Critical Commentary
The 1990s saw considerable advances in the state of research on adolescence and youth. This article provides a critical commentary on a subset of this research, focusing on the causes and consequences of the lengthened period in which the transition...
Work and Family in the 1990s
This review highlights four themes emerging from the work and family literature of the 1990s. The first theme evolves from the historical legacy of the maternal employment literature with its focus on children's well-being. The second theme, work socialization,...