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. 63, No. 1, February

An Exploration of the Influence of Household Poverty Spells on Mortality Risk
Household poverty is dynamic and characterized in terms of spells. Exposure to poverty accumulates through the recurrence and persistence of spells, leading to divergent family adaptive strategies that contribute to mortality risk. The data set used...
Beyond the Nuclear Family: The Increasing Importance of Multigenerational Bonds
THE BURGESS AWARD LECTURE* Family relationships across several generations are becoming increasingly important in American society. They are also increasingly diverse in structure and in functions. In reply to the widely debated "family decline" hypothesis,...
Capital at Home and at School: Effects on Child Social Adjustment
We argue for analyzing school and family social capital, human capital, and financial capital as parallel concepts and investigate their effects on child social adjustment. We use the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) merged Child-- Mother...
Changing Families, Changing Responsibilities: Family Obligations Following Divorce and Remarriage
Changing Families, Changing Responsibilities: Family Obligations Following Divorce and Remarriage. Lawrence H. Ganong & Marilyn Coleman. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. 1999. 203 pp. ISBN 0-8058-2691-2. $45.00 cloth. Marilyn Coleman and Larry Ganong's most...
Children's Time with Fathers in Intact Families
This paper uses the Panel Study of Income Dynamics to examine children's involvement with their fathers in intact families as measured through time spent together. Our findings suggest that although mothers still shoulder the lion's share of the parenting,...
Connections and Constraints: The Effects of Children on Caregiving
This article assesses the effects of children on parents' involvement in caregiving. On the basis of interviews with 273 respondents, we address the effects of having children on care given to kin and nonkin; assess the effects of children's characteristics,...
De-Romanticizing Black Intergenerational Support: The Questionable Expectations of Welfare Reform
Past research suggests that despite the substantial strengths of Black kin networks, they are not always up to the task of supporting young mothers. This study is an analysis of potential barriers to women-centered kin support for present-day urban Black...
Emotional Satisfaction and Physical Pleasure in Sexual Unions: Time Horizon, Sexual Behavior, and Sexual Exclusivity
This paper uses data from the 1992 National Health and Social Life Survey to examine emotional satisfaction and physical pleasure from sex in intimate unions for adults in the U.S. Using perspectives from evolutionary biology and rational choice theory,...
Entry into Parenthood and the Outcome of Cohabiting Partnerships in Britain
Data from a national cohort study of men and women born in Britain in 1958 are used to examine factors influencing the outcome of cohabiting first partnerships. Conception is found to be a key factor promoting marriage for both men and women. Observed...
Family: The Making of an Idea, an Institution, and a Controversy in American Culture
Family: The Making of an Idea, an Institution, and a Controversy in American Culture. Betty G. Farrell. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. 1999. 199 pp. ISBN 0-8133-1545-X. $59.00 cloth, $20.00 paper. In this concise book, Betty Farrell takes on the "family...
Handbook of Marriage and the Family (2Nd Ed.)
Handbook of Marriage and the Family (2nd ed.) Marvin B. Sussman, Suzanne K. Steinmetz, & Gary W Peterson (Eds.). New York; Plenum. 1999. 822 pp. ISBN 0-306-45754-7. $110.00 cloth. This second edition of the Handbook of Marriage and the Family is...
Intergenerational Transmission of Constructive Parenting
Past research on the intergenerational transmission of parenting concentrates on the continuity of harsh or abusive parenting, for the most part relying on retrospective reports of early upbringing. This study investigates the intergenerational transmission...
Marriages in Russia: Couples during the Economic Transition
Marriages in Russia: Couples During the Economic Transition. Dana Vannoy, Natalia Rimashevskaya, Lisa Cubbins, Marina Malysheva, Elena Meshterkina, & Marina Pisklakova. Westport, CT: Praeger. 1999. 256 pp. ISBN 0-- 275-96147-8. $65.00 cloth. This...
Parental Predivorce Relations and Offspring Postdivorce Well-Being
This 2-part study uses national longitudinal interview data from parents and their adult children to examine the way in which predivorce marital conflict influences the impact of divorce on children. In the 1st study, we find that the dissolution of...
Parent-Child Communication about Adolescent Tobacco and Alcohol Use: What Do Parents Say and Does It Affect Youth Behavior?
Parent-child communication about tobacco and alcohol use is assumed to be critical to child use of these substances, but it rarely has been systematically described and related to adolescent use. This study included a national sample of 537 adolescent-parent...
Parenting in Stepfamilies: Social Attitudes, Parental Perceptions and Parenting Behavior in Hong Kong
Parenting in Stepfamilies: Social Attitudes, Parental Perceptions and Parenting Behavior in Hong Kong. Gladys Lan Tak Lam-Chan. Hants, England: Ashgate. 1999. 289 pp. ISBN 1-84014-969-8. $69.95 cloth. Negative attitudes in Chinese culture are reflected...
Quality of Parenting as Mediator of the Effect of Childhood Defiance on Adolescent Friendship Choices and Delinquency: A Growth Curve Analysis
Social scientists agree that childhood antisocial behavior portends adolescent delinquency, but there is little agreement regarding the theoretical processes that account for this behavioral continuity. Latent growth curve modeling was used to test latent...
The Influence of Intimate Violence on Transitions out of Cohabitation
Does the experience of violence in a cohabiting union lead participants away from marriage and toward separation, or does violence have only minimal impact once other characteristics of unions and their participants are controlled? This issue is examined...
The Influence of Parental Attitudes and Behaviors on Children's Attitudes toward Gender and Household Labor in Early Adulthood
The paper assesses parental influences on young adults' attitudes toward gendered family roles, housework allocation, and housework enjoyment. The effects of parents' housework allocation, educational attainment, and religious participation are examined,...
The Organization and Dynamics of Adolescent Conflict with Parents and Friends
In telephone interviews, 212 adolescents described all disagreements arising the preceding day that involved parents or friends. Conflicts were organized in a similar manner in both relationships: Topics, resolutions, and outcomes were linked together...
Uncertainty and the Rise of the Work-Family Dilemma
Existing research argues that women's wages, consumerism, and changing attitudes dismantled the male bread-winner systems Families' economic need is dismissed with the suggestion that mothers' rhetoric of "need" was a smoke screen to defend against social...
Understanding Domestic Homicide
Understanding Domestic Homicide. Neil Websdale. Boston: Northeastern University Press. 1999. 289 pp. ISBN 1-55553-393-0. $55.00 cloth, $22.50 paper. Neil Websdale makes a meaningful contribution to the family violence literature in his book, Understanding...
Violence in Homes and Communities: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment / Issues in Children's and Families' Lives
Violence in Homes and Communities: Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment. Thomas P.Gullotta & Sandra J. McElhaney (Eds.). Vol. 11 in the series Issues in Children's and Families' Lives. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1999. 326 pp. ISBN 0-7619-1003-4....
When Children Have Two Fathers: Effects of Relationships with Stepfathers and Noncustodial Fathers on Adolescent Outcomes
Using data on 189 adolescents who have a living biological father and a resident stepfather, we examined the effects of children's relationships with both fathers on child outcomes. Interview data from mothers and stepfathers provide an assessment of...
When She Earns More Than He Does: A Longitudinal Study of Dual-Earner Couples
Key Words: dual-earner couples, gender-role ideology, hierarchical linear modeling, longitudinal studies, marital-- role quality, salary. In a random sample of 286 full-time-employed dual-earner couples, we tested 3 competing hypotheses: when wives earn...
Young Men's Procreative Identity: Becoming Aware, Being Aware, and Being Responsible
Using a purposive sample of 37 single men aged 16 to 30, in-depth face-to-face interviews, and a grounded theory approach, we explore males' subjective experiences as procreative beings. Our study is informed by symbolic interactionism and 2 sensitizing...