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. 65, No. 2, May

Assistance to Aging Parents and Parents-in-Law: Does Lineage Affect Family Allocation Decisions?
In this analysis we used data from the Health and Retirement Study to examine how couples organize transfers of assistance to aging parents and whether the flow of assistance is structured by family lineage. We found evidence of a tradeoff between types...
Costs and Rewards of Children: The Effects of Becoming a Parent on Adults' Lives
How do new parents differ from their childless counterparts in social and psychological resources, daily strains, and psychological well-being? Using a nationally representative panel of 1,933 adults who were childless at the first interview, we compare...
Families at Work: Expanding the Bounds
Families at Work: Expanding the Bounds, Naomi Gerstel, Dan Clawson, & Robert Zussman (Eds.). Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press. 2002. 359 pp. ISBN 0-8265-1398-0. $24.95 (paper).Families at Work celebrates how qualitative research has continued...
Family Contingencies across the Generations: Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships in Holistic Perspective
Family relationships do not occur in isolation but rather are embedded within greater systems of family ties. In recognition of the need to study families holistically, we explore how relations between grandparents and grandchildren are contingent upon...
Generational Effects on Marriage Patterns: Jewish Immigrants and Their Descendants in Israel
We analyze various effects of generational status on marriage patterns of Jewish immigrants and their descendants in Israel over the last 4 decades. We report the following findings: (a) important, independent effects of generational endogamy on marriage...
Income Changes and Cognitive Stimulation in Young Children's Home Learning Environments
Early home learning environments are the result of interactions between the developing children and the opportunity structures provided by their families. Income is one of several resources that affect the cognitive stimulation that children experience....
Inside the American Couple: New Thinking, New Challenges
Inside the American Couple: New Thinking, New Challenges. Marilyn Yalom & Laura L. Carstensen (Eds.); Estelle Freedman & Barbara Gelpi (Consulting Eds.). Berkeley: University of California Press. 2002. 266 pp. ISBN 0-520-22957-6. $19.95 (paper)....
Investigating Gender Differences in the Meaning of Household Chores and Child Care
This study examines factors related to the affective meanings (evaluation, potency, and activity) that spouses and cohabitors (N = 309) attach to child care, baby care, and 9 household chores. Gender is related to about a third of these task meanings....
Invisible Caregivers: Older Adults Raising Children in the Wake of HIV/AIDS
Invisible Caregivers: Older Adults Raising Children in the Wake of HIV/AIDS. Daphne Joslin (Ed.). New York: Columbia University Press. 288 pp. ISBN: 0-231-11937-2. $22.50 (paper).Invisible Caregivers is an important collection of 15 essays intended to...
Marital Relationships Following the Korean Economic Crisis: Applying the Family Stress Model
In response to the recent economic crisis in Korea and its negative effects on families, the current study examined the interrelationships among economic pressure, emotional distress, marital conflict, and marital satisfaction for 236 Korean couples....
My Baby's Father: Unmarried Parents and Paternal Responsibility
My Baby's Father: Unmarried Parents and Paternal Responsibility. Maureen R. Waller. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 2002. 232 pp. ISBN 0-8014-3988-4. $39.95 (cloth). ISBN 0-8014-8806-0. $17.95 (paper).Maureen Waller pens a veritable documentary...
Parent-Adolescent Communication about Sex: Retrospective Reports by Latino College Students
Latina female (n = 97) and Latino male (n = 69) college students (M age = 21.4 years) completed self-report surveys regarding family of origin experiences, including sexual communication with parents while growing up. Latino parents of this comparatively...
Perfectly Japanese: Making Families in an Era of Upheaval
Perfectly Japanese: Making Families in an Era of Upheaval. Merry Isaacs White. Berkeley: University of California Press. 2000. 255 pp. ISBN 0-520-23505-3. $19.95 (paper).The core of Merry Isaacs White's ambitious new book about Japanese families is a...
Premarital Living Arrangements and the Transition to First Marriage in Japan
This article evaluates the relevance of a popular emphasis on the benefits of extended coresidence with parents as an explanation for the trend toward later marriage in Japan. Estimating hazard models for the transition to first marriage separately by...
Premarital Sex, Premarital Cohabitation, and the Risk of Subsequent Marital Dissolution among Women
Using nationally representative data from the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth, I estimate the association between intimate premarital relationships (premarital sex and premarital cohabitation) and subsequent marital dissolution. I extend previous...
Remaking Chinese America: Immigration, Family and Community, 1940-1965
Remaking Chinese America: Immigration, Family and Community, 1940-1965. Xiaojian Zhao. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 2001. 256 pp. ISBN: 0-8135-3011-3. $22.00 (paper). ISBN: 0-8135-3010-5. $59.00 (cloth).This is a fascinating and sensitive...
Separations, Reconciliations, and Living Apart in Cohabiting and Marital Unions
Using data from a panel study of White young adults containing complete marital and cohabiting union histories from age 15 through 31, our goal is to track and compare the paths along which young adults arrange and time the entries and exits from marital...
Social Support to Parents-in-Law: The Interplay of Gender and Kin Hierarchies
Using data from a representative sample of middle-aged married persons, we compare men's and women's contact and assistance to older parents-in-law and parents. Women have more visits and phone contact with their parents than do men, and men talk on...
Spillover between Marital Quality and Job Satisfaction: Long-Term Patterns and Gender Differences
We used data from a 12-year panel survey of a nationally representative sample of married individuals (not couples) and structural equation modeling to investigate the process of spillover between marital quality (satisfaction and discord) and job satisfaction...
The Decline of Substance Use in Young Adulthood: Changes in Social Activities, Roles, and Beliefs
The Decline of Substance Use in Young Adulthood: Changes in Social Activities, Roles, and Beliefs. Jerald G. Bachman, Patrick M. O'Malley, John E. Schulenberg, Lloyd D. Johnston, Alison L. Bryant, & Alicia C. Merline. Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. 2002. 307...
The Influence of Religion on Fathers' Relationships with Their Children
This study explores how aspects of a father's religiousness are related to the type and quality of involvement with his children. Factors that potentially confound or explain the connection between religiousness and fathering are also examined. Multiple...
The Package Deal: Marriage, Work, and Fatherhood in Men's Lives
The Package Deal: Marriage, Work, and Fatherhood in Men's Lives. Nicholas W. Townsend. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 2002. 248 pp. ISBN 1-56639-958-0. $19.95 (paper). ISBN: 1-56639-957-2. $64.50 (cloth).The questions raised for scholars of fatherhood...
The Role of Family Income in the Intergenerational Association of AFDC Receipt
Daughters from low-income families who did not receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) are compared to daughters from low-income families who did receive assistance to better account for family income in the intergenerational association...
Variations in Child Care by Grandparents during the First Three Years
Routine child care by grandparents was examined for 1,229 children who were participants in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care. Four groups were identified: extended full-time care, extended...
Women's Economic Standing, Marriage Timing, and Cross-National Contexts of Gender
Proponents of the theory of specialization and exchange hypothesize that in any national context, women's higher economic standing will decrease their chance of marriage. Some researchers suggest, however, that only in industrialized countries with a...