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. 67, No. 5, December

Blurring Boundaries? Linking Technology Use, Spillover, Individual Distress, and Family Satisfaction
Information technology is entrenched in everyday life; yet, scholars have not firmly established whether this use blesses or vexes individuals and their families. This study analyzes longitudinal data (N = 1,367) from the Cornell Couples and Careers...
Children's Family Environments and Intellectual Outcomes during Maternal Incarceration
Despite the dramatic increase in incarcerated mothers that has occurred in the past decades, there is a paucity of family research focusing on the children affected by maternal imprisonment. The present study investigated family environments and intellectual...
Child Support Obligations and Low-Income Fathers
Using the 1994-1998 waves of the Current Population Survey-Child Support Supplement (N = 5,387), the aims of this study are to document child support obligation rates of non-resident fathers, to examine the effect of the obligation rate on child support...
Domestic Violence: It's Not about Gender-Or Is It?
Key Words: domestic violence, gender, intimate terrorism.Ever since Suzanne Steinmetz's 1977-1978 article on "battered husbands," we have been hearing this lament-that the feminists are wrong, that women are as violent as men, that domestic violence...
Employment and the Risk of Domestic Abuse among Low-Income Women
This paper uses data from 2 randomized evaluations of welfare-to-work programs-the Minnesota Family Investment Program and the National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies-to estimate the effect of employment on domestic abuse among low-income single...
For Women, Breadwinning Can Be Dangerous: Gendered Resource Theory and Wife Abuse
To explain wife abuse, we offer a refinement of relative resource theory, gendered resource theory, which argues that the effect of relative resources is contingent upon husbands' gender ideologies. We use data from the first wave of the National Survey...
Gender and the Seriousness of Assaults on Intimate Partners and Other Victims
We examine the ways in which assaults committed by male intimate partners are more serious than assaults committed by female partners and whether these differences reflect gender differences in offending and victimization generally. Analyses of the National...
Generative Uncle and Nephew Relationships
This study investigates generativity, or a concern for future generations, in the relationships between uncles and nephews. Using in-depth interviews, 21 uncles and 31 nephews were interviewed in Wellington, New Zealand and Bangor, Maine. Uncles describe...
High Hopes but Even Higher Expectations: The Retreat from Marriage among Low-Income Couples
This study examines why low-income, unmarried parents who say that they plan to marry at the time their child is born do not follow through on their plans. We use data from a nationally representative birth cohort survey-the Fragile Families and Child...
In the Face of Conflict: Work-Life Conflict and Desired Work Hour Adjustments
This study helps integrate the work-life and work hours literatures by examining competing predictions about the relationship between work-life conflict and the desire for paid work. Using data from the 1997 National Study of the Changing Workforce (N...
Legalizing Gay Marriage
Legalizing Gay Marriage. Michael Mello. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. 2004. 352 pp. ISBN 1-59213-079-8. $22.95 (paper).Americans are ambivalent about gay and lesbian long-term relationships. Although studies and polls repeatedly show that...
Male versus Female Intimate Partner Violence: Putting Controversial Findings into Context
Key Words: female violence, intimate partner violence, male violence.The article "Partner Violence and Mental Health Outcomes in a New Zealand Birth Cohort" is an empirically sound study that raises interesting questions for the field of domestic violence...
Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage
Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage. Stephanie Coontz. New York: Viking. 2005. 432 pp. ISBN 0-670-03407-X. $25.95 (hardback).What was the institution of marriage historically? What changes has it undergone?...
Observer, Self-, and Partner Reports of Hostile Behaviors in Romantic Relationships
The present study examines how different observers of romantic relationships differ in their reports of hostility. Using confirmatory factor analysis with structured means, the results from 236 young adults and their romantic partners indicated that...
Parental Divorce and Child Mental Health Trajectories
A process-oriented approach to parental divorce locates the experience within the social and developmental context of children's lives, providing greater insight into how parental divorce produces vulnerability in some children and resiliency in others....
Partner Violence and Mental Health Outcomes in a New Zealand Birth Cohort
This study examines the prevalence and extent of domestic violence and the consequences of domestic violence for mental health outcomes in a birth cohort of New Zealand young adults studied at age 25 years. A total of 828 young people (437 women and...
Putting Children First: How Low-Wage Working Mothers Manage Child Care
Putting Children First: How Low-Wage Working Mothers Manage Child Care. Ajay Chaudry. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. 2004. 341 pp. ISBN 0-87154-171-8. $39.95 (hardback).In Putting Children First, which is based on 3 years of fieldwork with 42 low-income...
Rejoinder
Key Words: domestic violence, gender differences, menial health, perpetration, scientific paradigms, victimization.RESPONSE TO JOHNSONJohnson makes a series of points all of which center around the claim that there is "only one kind of violence that...
Siblings' Differential Treatment in Mexican American Families
We investigated the patterns and correlates of parents' differential treatment of adolescent siblings in 246 two-parent Mexican American families. In home interviews, siblings rated 7 domains of differential treatment (e.g., privileges, chores, warmth)...
Soft Patriarchs; New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands
Soft Patriarchs; New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands. W. Bradford Wilcox. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2004. 337 pp. ISBN 0-2268-9709-5. $20.00 (paper); 0-2268-9708-7. $62.00 (hardback).A couple of years ago, two books appeared...
Stress in Childhood and Adulthood: Effects on Marital Quality over Time
We work from a stress and life course perspective to consider how stress affects trajectories of change in marital quality over time. Specifically, we ask whether stress is more likely to undermine the quality of marital experiences at different points...
Teenagers' Internet Use and Family Rules: A Research Note
The Internet poses challenges to parents who want their children to take advantage of online resources but also want to protect their children from questionable content. Using data from 749 dyads of American parents and their teenage children with Internet...
The Future of the Family
The Future of the Family. Daniel P. Moynihan, Timothy M. Smeeding, and Lee Rainwater (Eds.). New York: Russell Sage Foundation. 2004. 296 pp. ISBN 0-87154-625-6. $39.95 (cloth).Changes in family life in the United States over the past 40 years pose serious...
The Importance of the Coparental Relationship for Nonresident Fathers' Ties to Children
We examine the importance of the coparental relationship for nonresident fathers' ties to their children. Using data from Wave 2 of the National Survey of Families and Households, we focus on the link between two dimensions of coparenting, cooperative...