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. 3, August

Community Context, Social Integration into Family, and Youth Violence
The purpose of this study is to analyze the extent to which neighborhood-level family structure and feelings of family integration are associated with acts of violence among 16,910 adolescents from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health....
Competing Devotions: Career and Family among Women Executives
Competing Devotions: Career and Family Among Women Executives. Mary Blair-Loy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2003. 269 pp. ISBN 0-674-01089-2. $39.95 (cloth).Despite the rapid increase in women's educational attainment and enhanced labor force...
Death of a Parent: Transition to a New Adult Identity
Death of a Parent: Transition to a New Adult Identity. D. Umberson. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2003. 255 pp. ISBN 0-521-81338-7. $32.99 (cloth).Death of a Parent provides the reader with a very comprehensive review of concepts and quotes from...
"Everything's There except Money": How Money Shapes Decisions to Marry among Cohabitors
Cohabitation is now the modal path to marriage in the United States. Drawing on data from 115 in-depth interviews with cohabitors from the working and lower middle classes, this paper explores how economics shape marital decision making. We find that...
Exit, Voice, and Suffering: Do Couples Adapt to Changing Employment Patterns?
What is the long-term effect of the emerging predominance of the dual-earner family? This study uses data from 3 national household panel surveys-the British Household Panel Survey (N = 16,044), the German Socioeconomic Panel (N = 14,164) and the U.S....
Explaining Black-White Disparity in Maltreatment: Poverty, Female-Headed Families, and Urbanization
The purpose of the current study was to assess a structural level explanation of racial disparity in child maltreatment. Using data from Florida counties (1998-2001) and the 2000 census, the effects of poverty, concentrated poverty, and female-headed...
Incarceration and the Formation and Stability of Marital Unions
Rising imprisonment rates and declining marriage rates among low-education African Americans motivate an analysis of the effects of incarceration on marriage. An event history analysis of 2,041 unmarried men from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth...
In-Hospital Paternity Establishment and Father Involvement in Fragile Families
This article assesses the effectiveness of inhospital paternity establishment, a federal requirement since 1993. We avoid biases in previous studies by using a national sample of nonmarital births (N = 3,254), by including detailed controls for characteristics...
Not-So-Nuclear Families: Class, Gender, and Networks of Care
Not-So-Nuclear Families: Class, Gender, and Networks of Care. Karen V. Hansen. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 2005. 261 pp. ISBN 0-8135-3501-8. $62.00 (cloth); $22.95 (paper).In Not-So-Nuclear Families, Karen Hansen challenges the idea...
Parental Involvement Promotes Rural African American Youths' Self-Pride and Sexual Self-Concepts
This study, an evaluation of the Strong African American Families Program, was designed to determine whether intervention-induced changes in targeted parenting behaviors were associated with young adolescents' development of racial pride, self-esteem,...
Race/Ethnic Differences in the Marital Expectations of Adolescents: The Role of Romantic Relationships
I use a sample of 12,973 adolescents in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) to examine race/ethnic differences in perception of the likelihood of marriage in adulthood and the role of heterosexual romantic relationship experience...
Resources, Family Organization, and Domestic Violence against Married Women in Minya, Egypt
I evaluate the influence of household wealth, women's socioeconomic dependence, status inconsistency, and family organization on physical abuse in the prior year and attitudes about wife abuse and divorce among 2,522 married women in Minya, Egypt. Household...
Services and Intimate Partner Violence in the United States: A County-Level Analysis
Despite the prevalence of intimate partner violence and its social costs, we show that many counties lack services to help victims and that community resources play a significant role in determining the likelihood of service provision. Because resources...
Social Integration, Work-Family Conflict and Facilitation, and Job and Marital Quality
This paper examines relationships between 2 dimensions of social integration (community participation and affective community resources) and job and marital quality. Data from the 1995 National Survey of Midlife Development in the United States (n =...
Social Support, Traumatic Events, and Depressive Symptoms among African Americans
Structural equation modeling was used to examine the relationships among stress, social support, negative interaction, and mental health in a sample of African American men and women between ages 18 and 54 (N = 591) from the National Comorbidity Study....
The Influence of Union Transitions on White Adults' Attitudes toward Cohabitation
Data from the Intergenerational Panel Study of Parents and Children are used to identify the influences of adult union transitions on changes in attitudes toward cohabitation among a sample of 794 young adults. The analysis examines the extent to which...
The Reporting of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault by Nonstrangers to the Police
We examine the effects of the gender of the victim and offender and their relationship to each other on whether sexual and physical assaults are reported to the police. We also examine the reasons victims give for not reporting assaults and whether reporting...
The Risk of Partner Violence among Low-Income Hispanic Subgroups
Women with few social resources are at elevated risk of partner abuse. Certain evidence suggests that African American and Hispanic women, who are overrepresented in the lower socio-economic strata, are at particularly high risk. We compare women's risk...
The Role of Value Priorities in Paternal and Maternal Involvement in Child Care
This study used the theory of human values to explore parents' involvement with their children. The relationships between maternal and paternal value priorities and various forms of involvement in child care were examined in a sample of 209 couples with...
The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality
The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality. Jerry A. Jacobs and Kathleen Gerson. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2004. 272 pp. ISBN 0-674-01153-8. $45.00 (cloth).Work-family research is a growth industry. As this research proliferates,...
Thrice Told Tales: Married Couples Tell Their Stories
Thrice Told Tales: Married Couples Tell Their Stories. Diane Holmberg, Terri L. Orbuch, and Joseph Veroff. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 2004. 231 pp. ISBN 0-520-21826-4. $69.95 (cloth); $29.95 (paper).Scholars have increasingly acknowledged...
We're Still Family: What Grown Children Have to Say about Their Parents' Divorce
We're Still Family: What Grown Children Have To Say About Their Parents' Divorce. Constance Ahrons. New York: Harper Collins Publishers. 2004. 300 pp. ISBN 0-06-019305-0. $16.49 (paper).Constance Ahrons draws on her years of experience with divorced...
Young Fatherhood and Subsequent Disadvantage in the United Kingdom
Although there has been increasing attention to the importance of fathers and their relationships with their children, few studies have examined young parenthood and its consequences for fathers' life chances. In recent years, this has begun to change,...