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. 64, No. 3, August

Agency, Accountability, and Embedded Relations: "What's Love Got to Do with It?"
Key Words: agency, ambivalence, dualism. The last decade of research on families and intergenerational relations has struggled with appropriate theoretical frames within which to understand the growing multiplicity of family relations, the societal causes...
Ambivalence, Family Ties, and Doing Sociology
Key Words: agency, diversity, interpretive sociology, social structure. We are excited and encouraged by the enthusiasm that our work on ambivalence has generated. Considering the comments in confidential reviews and, now, the public responses that you...
Care Work: Gender, Labor and the Welfare State
Care Work: Gender, Labor and the Welfare State. Madonna Harrington Meyer, ed. New York: Routledge. 2000. 348 pp. ISBN 0415-92542-- 8. $23.99 (paper). This edited volume makes a tremendous contribution to the emerging care work literature. It challenges...
Childhood Living Arrangements and the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce
Using detailed data on the childhood living arrangements of children taken from the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), the impact of multiple dimensions of parent histories on the likelihood of offspring divorce is investigated. Although past...
Economic Development and the Effects of Family Characteristics on Mathematics Achievement
This article explores the relationship between nations' level of economic development and the influence of adolescents' social backgrounds on their academic achievement. Using data from the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), the...
Economic Disadvantage, Family Dynamics, and Adolescent Enrollment in Higher Education
This study applies a family process model to the linkage between early economic disadvantage and later enrollment in higher education. Using two waves of data on low-income youth, the authors found that the attitudes and behaviors of their parents, mostly...
Economic Distress and Intimate Violence: Testing Family Stress and Resources Theories
Hypotheses shaped by family stress and resource theories about the impact of household economic indicators on the risk of violence against women in intimate relationships are tested with a data set built from the initial two waves of the National Survey...
Explaining Mothers' Ambivalence toward Their Adult Children
Interest in applying the concept of ambivalence to the study of intergenerational relations has increased in recent years. However, few empirical studies of this issue have been conducted. Using data from a study of 189 mothers aged 60 and over, the...
Family Ties and Aging
Family Ties and Aging. Ingrid Arnet Connidis. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 2001. 384 pp. ISBN 0-7619-1957-0. $49.95 (paper). At last: a book that melds research on family ties in later life inclusively. Focusing on family ties rather than "families" enables...
From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and the American Family Debate (2Nd Ed)
From Culture Wars to Common Ground: Religion and the American Family Debate (2nd ed). Don S. Browning, Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Pamela D. Couture, K. Brynolf Lyon, and Robert M. Franklin. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press. 2000. 406 pp. ISBN...
From the Editor
EDITORIAL As a gerontologist, I am delighted to see work in Journal of Marriage and Family on families in middle and later life. In 1998 in this journal, Kurt Luescher and Karl Pillemer proposed a new conceptualization of the ties between parents and...
Gay and Lesbian Parenting
Gay and Lesbian Parenting. Deborah E Glazer and Jack Drescher (eds.). New York: Hawthorn Press. 2001. 150 pp. ISBN 0-7890-1350-9. $49.95 (paperback). With the progress of the gay civil rights movement and the wider availability of reproductive technology,...
Gender Differences in Union Formation in Mexico: Evidence from Marital Search Models
Although increasingly appreciated for their explanatory power in developed societies, marital search models have yet to be widely applied to developing nations. This article evaluates the applicability of marital search models to marriage timing in Mexico....
Halving It All: How Equally Shared Parenting Works
Halving It All: How Equally Shared Parenting Works. Francine M. Deutsch. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1999. 327 pp. ISBN 0-674-00209-1. $14.95 (paper). One of the fathers in Halving It All explains that his wife had not let him "get away...
Intergenerational Ambivalence: Further Steps in Theory and Research
Key Words: ambivalence, family therapy, gender, intergenerational relations, postmodernism. The article by Ingrid Connidis and Julie McMullin and the initiative of the Journal of Marriage and Family's editor provide an excellent opportunity to continue...
Is Family Cohesion a Risk or Protective Factor during Adolescent Development?
This study investigated linear aspects of family cohesion using a cohort sequential design. Adolescents (N = 4,677) were surveyed and followed in three cohorts from 6th to lOth grade. Family cohesion was measured using the cohesion subscale of the Family...
Leaving the Parental Home: Chinese Culture in an Urban Context
Leaving the parental home is increasingly treated as an essential stepping-stone toward adulthood in the modern world. The authors argue that this is a cultural process regulated by social norms and institutional settings that vary from place to place....
Parental Behavior and the Quality of Adolescent Friendships: A Social-Contextual Perspective
On the basis of an evolving social-contextual perspective, the authors predicted and found that socioeconomic advantage in terms of income and parental education promotes supportive and inhibits hostile parental behaviors toward an adolescent child (N...
Parental Divorce and Interpersonal Trust in Adult Offspring
It has been proposed that recent increases in parental divorce have inhibited the development of trust among offspring. This proposition is tested by examining whether parental divorce is associated with offspring trust in parents, intimate partners,...
Parenting Practices, Child Adjustment, and Family Diversity
The authors used data from Waves 1 and 2 of the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH) to test the generality of the links between parenting practices and child outcomes for children in two age groups: 5-11 and 12-18. Parents' reports of support,...
Patterns of Intergenerational Transfers in Southeast Asia
This article explores motivations for intergenerational exchanges of time and money using data from Indonesia. The extent of exchange and underlying motivations differ across families but substantial evidence supports the theory that transfers within...
Premarital Cohabitation and Housework: Couples in Cross-National Perspective
The authors examine the effect of premarital cohabitation on the division of household labor in 22 countries. First, women do more routine housework than men in all countries. Second, married couples that cohabited before marriage have a more equal division...
Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation
Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation. Nancy E Cott. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2000. 297 pp. ISBN 0-674-- 00320-9. $27.95 (cloth). In this synthesis of the substantial historical literature about marriage, historian Nancy Cott...
Religion, Convention, and Paternal Involvement
Family scholarship has generally overlooked the influence that religion may have on paternal involvement. Accordingly, using longitudinal data taken from the National Survey of Families and Households, I examined the influence of religious affiliation...
Remaking the Godly Marriage: Gender Negotiation in Evangelical Families
Remaking the Godly Marriage: Gender Negotiation in Evangelical Families. John P Bartkowski. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 2001. 207 pp. ISBN 0-8135-2918-2, $54.00 (cloth); 0-8135-2919-0, $22.00 (paper). John Bartkowski has produced a well-crafted...
Sociological Ambivalence and Family Ties: A Critical Perspective
A SYMPOSIUM ON AMBIVALENCE IN INTERGENERATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS We develop the concept of ambivalence as structurally created contradictions that are made manifest in interaction. We discuss how our reconceptualization enhances the relevance of ambivalence...
Solidarity, Conflict, and Ambivalence: Complementary or Competing Perspectives on Intergenerational Relationships?
Key Words: affect, ambivalence, conflict, intergenerational relations, solidarity, theory. Ambivalence is an apt term to describe the contradictions we experience in our intimate social relationships. We can feel it: the paradox between closeness and...
The Effects of the Differential Undercount on Survey Estimates of Race Differences in Marriage
The fact that Blacks, and especially Black men, are not as well represented in survey data as Whites is well known among demographers. What is less well known is the potential impact of the differential undercount on estimates of race differences in...
The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued
The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued. Ann Crittenden. New York: Metropolitan Books. 2001. 323 pp. ISBN: 0-8050-6618-7, $25.00 (cloth). When I saw the book jacket endorsements from well-known authors...
Transitions to Caregiving, Gender, and Psychological Well-Being: A Prospective U.S. National Study
Guided by a life course perspective, this study examined the effects of transitioning into caregiving activity for a child, spouse, parent, other relative, or nonkin associate on nine dimensions of psychological well-being. Data came from adults ages...
Working Families: The Transformation of the American Home
Working Families: The Transformation of the American Home. Rosanna Hertz and Nancy L. Marshall, eds. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. 2001. 389 pp. ISBN 0-520-- 22649-6. $19.95 (paper). Research on work and family has proliferated in recent...