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. 61, No. 3, August

Adolescents' Well-Being as a Function of Perceived Interparental Consistency
High school students reported separately on mothers' and fathers' responsiveness and demandingness and their own academic achievement and engagement, involvement in problem behavior, psychosocial development, and internalized distress. Mothers and fathers...
Boundary Ambiguity and Coparental Conflict after Divorce: An Empirical Test of a Family Systems Model of the Divorce Process
A family systems model of the divorce process was proposed and empirically tested for divorced mothers and fathers using a series of multiple regression analyses. Central to the proposed model was the assertion that the failure to establish relationship...
Caregiver Burden from a Social Exchange Perspective: Caring for Older People after Hospital Discharge
Using data from a sample of Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers (n = 829 dyads), we examine caregiver burden through the lens of social exchange theory, conceptualizing burden as an evaluative component or outcome of the ongoing exchange relationship...
Childhood Migration and Social Integration in Adulthood
This study develops and tests two hypotheses regarding how childhood, adolescent, and postadolescent migration are associated with social integration in adulthood. Competing explanations are tested by estimating a number of models that control for earlier...
Did No-Fault Divorce Legislation Matter? Definitely Yes and Sometimes No
In our response to Glenn's (1997) first critique of our original article (Nakonezny, Shull, & Rodgers, 1995), we took the middle ground. We did and still do feel that Glenn was correct that the no-fault divorce process included some redundancy, but...
Do Fertility Intentions Affect Fertility Behavior?
We examine the relationship between fertility intentions and fertility behavior using a sample of 2,812 non-Hispanic Whites interviewed twice by the National Survey of Families and Households. Time I fertility intentions are strong and persistent predictors...
Do Men's Characteristics Affect Whether a Nonmarital Pregnancy Results in Marriage?
A decline in the likelihood that a nonmarital pregnancy results in marriage has contributed to the dramatic rise in the nonmarital birth ratio since the 1960s in the United States. This study examines the effect of men's characteristics on whether they...
For Keeps: Marriages That Last a Lifetime
For Keeps: Marriages That Last a Lifetime. Finnegan Alford-Cooper. Armonk, NY: Sharpe. 1998. 232 pp. ISBN 0-7656-0122-2. $59.95 cloth, $19.95 paper. Finnegan Alford-Cooper's survey of couples married for 50 or more years adds to the growing literature...
Further Discussion of the Effects of No-Fault Divorce on Divorce Rates
In response to my comment (Glenn, 1997) on their 1995 study of the effects of no-fault divorce on divorce rates (Nakonezny, Shull, & Rodgers, 1995), Rodgers, Nakonezny, and Shull (1997) introduced a new method for estimating the effects. Application...
Historical Changes and Life Course Variation in the Determinants of Premarital Childbearing
Longitudinal data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics for a sample of 2,794 women observed between 1968 and 1993 are used to examine whether the impact of established sociodemographic determinants of the risk of a first premarital birth has changed...
Marital Perceptions and Interactions across the Transition to Parenthood
Observed interaction of couples during a problemsolving task and self-reports of spouses concerning their marriage were investigated before the birth of their first child and at 3, 12, and 24 months after the birth of the child. The study focuses on...
Meaning and Measurement: Reconceptualizing Measures of the Division of Household Labor
This article argues that task-specific measures of the division of household labor form a gender hierarchy that reflects dimensions of meaning in the organization of household work. We contrast these measures to the commonly used time-share and Likert...
Multiple Roles and Psychological Distress: The Intersection of the Paid Worker, Spouse, and Parent Roles with the Role of the Adult Child
This article investigates relationships between psychological distress and objective and subjective aspects of the roles of paid worker, spouse, and parent and examines the inter.section of these roles with the adult-child role in relation to distress....
Nonresident Fathers and Children's Well-Being: A Meta-Analysis
We employed meta-analytic methods to pool information from 63 studies dealing with nonresident fathers and children's well-being. Fathers' payment of child support was positively associated with measures of children's well-being. The frequency of contact...
Parental Conflict and Marital Disruption: Do Children Benefit When High-Conflict Marriages Are Dissolved?
A million children experience divorce each year, and some policymakers argue for policies that would make it more difficult for parents to divorce. However, being exposed to a high degree of marital conflict has been shown to place children at risk for...
Personality and Marital Adjustment: Utility of the Five-Factor Model of Personality
Using the five-factor model of personality, this study investigates the contribution of personality traits to marital adjustment. The sample is composed of 446 couples who completed the NEO Five-Factor Inventory, which measures the personality traits...
Race and Ethnic Variation in Norms of Filial Responsibility among Older Persons
Race and ethnic diversity in attachment to the norms of intergenerational filial responsibility is examined in a sample of older persons drawn from the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH). The findings show that older Blacks and Hispanics...
Reshaping Fatherhood: The Social Construction of Shared Parenting
Reshaping Fatherhood: The Social Construction of Shared Parenting. Anna Dienhart. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1998. 245 pp. ISBN 0-76190977-X. $48.00 cloth, $22.95 paper. What are the experiences of fathers who participate fully in parenting and daily family...
Resiliency in African American Families
Resiliency in African American Families. Hamilton I. McCubbin, Elizabeth A. Thompson, Anne I. Thompson, & Jo A. Futrell (Eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1998. 357 pp. ISBN 76191392-0. $65.00 cloth, $29.95 paper. Based on a conference at the Madison...
Status and Income as Gendered Resources: The Case of Marital Power
This article examines marital power dynamics in couples in which wives earn more than their husbands, work in higher status occupations, or both to determine if wives with resource advantages are able to exercise greater power in their relationships...
The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships
The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships. Donald G. Dutton. New York: Guilford. 1998. 214 pp. ISBN 157230-3701-0 $2.9 cloth. In this comprehensive, theoretically and empirically sound book, Donald Dutton expands on the...
The Effects of Transitions in Marital Status on Men's Performance of Housework
Using data from the two waves of the National Survey of Families and Households, I analyze the impact of transitions in marital status on changes in men's time spent in housework. The transitions occur among five marital statuses: never married, cohabiting,...
The Family in India: Critical Essays
The Family in India: Critical Essays. A. M. Shah. New Delhi: Orient Longman. 1998. 173 pp. ISBN 81-250-1306-7. Rs. 110.00 ($3.00 approximately). If the reader is interested in a contemporary view of the Indian family, this is not where to find a helpful...
The Intersection of Time in Activities and Perceived Unfairness in Relation to Psychological Distress and Marital Quality
This article investigates the perceived unfairness of paid work, household chores, and child care to self and spouse and its relation to psychological distress and marital quality We consider the effects of perceived unfairness on relations between time...
The Micropolitics of Care in Relationships between Aging Parents and Adult Children: Individualism, Collectivism, and Power
This research examines the power and emotional dynamics between aging parents and adult children. A preliminary data analysis found intergenerational power dynamics to be associated with individualist and collectivist systems of organizing family responses...
Towards a Chinese Conception of Social Support: A Study on the Social Support Networks of Chinese Working Mothers in Beijing
Towards a Chinese Conception of Social Support: A Study on the Social Support Networks of Chinese Working Mothers in Beijing. Angelina W. K. Yuen-Tsang. Aldershot, England: Ashgate. 1997. 280 pp. ISBN 1-84014-167-0. 37.50 cloth. Towards a Chinese Conception...
Unpacking Authoritative Parenting: Reassessing a Multidimensional Construct
This study examines the independent and joint contributions of three core dimensions of authoritative parenting-acceptance-involvement, strictnesssupervision, and psychological autonomy granting-to adolescent adjustment. A sample of 8, 700 14- to IS-year-olds...
Women's Sexulaity across the Life Span
Women's Sexuality Across the Life Span. Judith C. Daniluk. New York: The Guilford Press. 1998. 416 pp. ISBN 1-57230-350-6. $36.95 cloth. As Judith Daniluk notes in the first sentence of her acknowledgments, "each woman's sexuality is both an individual...