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. 59, No. 2, May

Adulthood and Aging: Research on Continuities and Discontinuities
Adulthood and Aging: Research on Continuities and Discontinuities. Vern L. Bengtson (Ed.). New York: Springer. 1996. 391 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8261-9270-x. $52.95. According to Vern L. Bengtson, editor of Adulthood and Aging: Research on Continuities...
Child, Parent, and Contextual Influences on Perceived Parenting Competence among Parents of Adolescents
Belsky's (1984) model of the determinants of parenting was examined among 666 pairs of White mothers and adolescents and 510 pairs of White fathers and adolescents. When parents reported higher perceived parenting competence, sons and daughters reported...
Consequences of Young Mothers' Marital Histories for Children's Cognitive Development
The research attention paid to adolescent parents and their children stems, in part, from a concern over potentially missed opportunities and hence curtailed achievement for young parents and a worry that this will increase the odds of poor developmental...
Divorce-Related Transitions, Adolescent Development, and the Role of the Parent-Child Relationship: A Review of the Literature
For the adolescent undergoing multiple developmental changes, divorce and its related transitions present additional challenges, promoting growth for some and constituting developmental vulnerabilities for others. A review of the literature on adolescent...
Early Motherhood in an Intergenerational Perspective: The Experiences of a British Cohort
Using nationally representative longitudinal data from Great Britain, this study examines the fertility patterns of daughters of teen mothers. It tests several mechanisms to help explain how early motherhood is reproduced across generations, including...
Effects of Family Structure on the Earnings Attainment Process: Differences by Gender
This study compares how being raised in an original, two-parent family and being raised in other family structures affects educational achievement, occupational status, and earnings attainment for a national sample of 30- to 59-year-old women and men....
Familial Factors Associated with the Characteristics of Nonmaternal Care for Infants
The extent to which family, economic, and psychosocial factors account for age of initiation, amount, type, and quality of nonmaternal infant care was examined for 1,281 children in 10 locations around the U.S. Families were enrolled in the study when...
Families and Time
Families and Time. Kerry Daly. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1996. 200 pp. Softcover ISBN 08039-7341-1 $21.95. I'm writing this review during the semester break in December (what better time to get things done that you want to, but that don't really count...
Family Ties: Enduring Relations between Parents and Growing Children
Family Ties: Enduring Relations Between Parents and Grown Children. John R. Logan & Glenna D. Spitze. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 1996. 265 pp. Hardcover ISBN 1-56639-471-6. $34.95. John R. Logan and Glenna D. Spitze provide a solid contribution...
Gender and the Timing of Marriage: Rural-Urban Differences in Java
I address the need to look at marriage behavior by both males and females in developing societies. Using event history analysis, focus on gender differences in rural, as opposed to urban, Central Java and argue that modern social contexts are not necessarily...
Gender of Siblings, Cognitive Achievement, and Academic Performance: Familial and Nonfamilial Influences on Children
In this article, I use data on twins to obtain estimates of the degree of shared familial influence on cognitive achievement and academic performance. The results indicate that there is considerable shared influence on cognitive achievement but much...
Healthy and Unhealthy Friendship and Hostility between Ex-Spouses
Using two indicators of postdivorce attachment, preoccupation and hostility, this article distinguishes between divorced survey respondents' (n = 232) healthy and unhealthy friendship and between healthy and unhealthy hostility toward the ex-spouse....
Learning the Rules: The Anatomy of Children's Relationships
Learning the Rules: The Anatomy of Children's Relationships. Brian J. Bigelow, Geoffrey Tesson, & John H. Lewko. New York: Guilford Press. 1996. 255 pp. Hardcover ISBN 157230-084-1. $35.00 cloth. This book about children's relationships focuses on...
Lesbians and Gays in Couples and Families: A Handbook for Therapists
Lesbians and Gays in Couples and Families: A Handbook for Therapists. Joan Laird & Robert-Jay Green (Eds.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 1996. 462 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-7879-0222-5. $38.95. Lesbians and Gays in Couples and Families: A Handbook for...
Perceptions of Family Differentiation, Individuation, and Self-Esteem among Korean Adolescents
The relationships between family differentiation and adolescent individuation and between adolescent individuation and self-esteem were tested with 170 adolescents in Korea. To measure family differentiation, three dyadic interaction patterns were examined...
Risk, Conflict, Mothers' Parenting, and Children's Adjustment in Low-Income, Mexican Immigrant, and Mexican American Families
Structural equation modeling was used to test mothers' supportive parenting and inconsistent discipline practices as mediators of the effects of multiple risk factors and family conflict on children's conduct disorder and depression. Data were collected...
Significant Life Experiences and Depression among Single and Married Mothers
We examine the relationships among early family adversities, depression, and family status using a sample of single and married mothers. Regardless of whether they are never-married or separated or divorced, single mothers report higher lifetime and...
Social Support in Couples: Marriage as a Resource in Times of Stress
Social Support in Couples: Marriage as a Resource in Times of Stress. Carolyn E. Cutrona. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1996. 150 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8039-4883-2. Softcover ISBN 0-9039-4884-0. $38.00 cloth, $16.95 paper. This book provides a useful survey...
Testing the Theoretical Models Underlying the Ways of Coping Questionnaire with Couples
GENEVIEVE BOUCHARD AND STEPHANE SABOURIN ..... UNIVERSITE LAVAL..... YVAN LUSSIER..... UNIVERSITE DU QUEBEC A TROIS-RIVERES* JOHN WRIGHT.....UNIVERSITE DE MONTREAL** CHANEAL RICHER...... UNIVERSITE LAVAL*** Recently, the Ways of Coping Questionnaire...
The Contribution of Intermediary Factors to Marital Status Differences in Self-Reported Health
I. M. A. JOUNG, K. STRONKS, & H. VAN DE MHEEN Erasmus University Rotterdam F. W. A. VAN POPPEL Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute* J. B. W. VAN DER MEER AND J. P. MACKENBACH Erasmus University Rotterdam The aim of this study is to...
The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood
The Cultural Contradictions of Motherhood. Sharon Hays. New Haven: Yale University Press. 1996. 288 pp. ISBN 0-300-06682-1. $25.00 cloth. Why can't a mother be more like a businessman? This question, posed in Chapter 1 of The Cultural Contradictions...
Their Mother's Daughters? the Intergenerational Transmission of Gender Attitudes in a World of Changing Roles
This study examines the intergenerational transmission of two gender attitudes (gender role ideology and work role identity). It draws on a life course perspective and panel data on mothers to assess the relationships between daughters' attitudes and...
The New Uprooted: Single Mothers in Urban Life
The New Uprooted: Single Mothers in Urban Life. Elizabeth Mulroy. Westport, CT: Auburn House. 1995. 206 pp. Softcover, ISBN 086569-039-1. $16.95. Half of all of children growing up today will spend part of their childhood in a single-parent family, most...
What Did You Do Today? Children's Use of Time, Family Composition, and the Acquisition of Social Capital
Using time-diary data collected from a statewide probability sample of California children aged 3-11, we examine the amount of time children spend on four activities presumed to affect their cognitive and social development-reading or being read to,...