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. 60, No. 1, February

Adolescents after Divorce
Adolescents After Divorce. Christy M. Buchanan, Eleanor E. Maccoby, & Sanford M. Dornbusch. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 1996. 331 pp. ISBN 0-674-00517-1. $39.95 cloth. Using the voices of adolescents themselves to give deeper meaning...
Back to the Basics: Trends in and Role Determinants of Women's Attitudes toward Housework
Missing from the expanding literature on the division of household labor and perceptions of equity is an understanding of basic attitudes toward housework. We examine whether changes in women's roles have been accompanied by a psychological disinvestment...
Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies
Children and Grief: When a Parent Dies. J. William Worden. New York: Guilford. 1996. 190 pp. ISBN 1-57230-148-1. $26.95 cloth. The first part of this book summarizes the findings of the Harvard Child Bereavement Study, a longitudinal project carried...
Competitive Parenting: The Culture of Teen Mothers
I examined the competitive culture of adolescent mothers and the sociodemographic characteristics that explain the formation and diffusion of this culture. I gathered data during a 3-year participant-observation study of mothers enrolled in a high school...
Doing It Fairly: A Study of Postgender Marriages
Little is known about married couples who share the responsibilities of paid and family work without regard for gender prescriptions. Fifteen married couples who divide household work and child care equitably and without regard to gender are interviewed...
Do Parents' Social Activities Promote Children's School Attainments? Evidence from the German Socioeconomic Panel
Felix Buchel Technical University of Berlin Gerg J . Duncan Northwester University* Using longitudinal data from the German Socioeconomic Panel, we investigate whether parental activities, such as attending cultural events, doing volunteer work, and...
Economic Independence, Economic Status, and Empty Nest in Midlife Marital Disruption
We examine the risk of separation or divorce later in the marital career from a family development perspective. With data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Mature Women, we use a hazards framework to estimate the effects of women's economic independence,...
Family Violence across the Lifespan
Family Violence Across the Lifespan. Olga W. Barnett, Cindy L. Miller-Perrin, & Robin D. Perrin. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1997. 391 pp. ISBN 0-8039-5615-0. $69.95 cloth, $32.95 paper. This book represents a solid contribution to textbooks available...
Growing Up in a Lesbian Family: Effects on Child Development
Growing Up in a Lesbian Family: Effects on Child Development. Fiona L. Tasker & Susan Golombok. New York: Guilford. 1997. 187 pp. ISBN 1-57230-170-8. $26.95 cloth. Rare enough are longitudinal studies of family life following the impact of parents'...
Handbook of Personal Relationships: Theory, Research and Interventions (2Nd Ed.)
Handbook of Personal Relationships: Theory, Research and Interventions (2nd ed.). Steve Duck (Ed.). Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons. 1997. 857 pp. ISBN 0-471-95913-8. $140.00 cloth. Steve Duck, Lee West, and Linda Acitelli underscore in the...
Hitting without a License: Testing Explanations for Differences in Partner Abuse between Young Adult Daters and Cohabitors
TERRIE E. MOFFITT AND AVSHALOM CASPI UNIVERSITY of London and University of Wisconsin* PHIL A. SILVA University of Otago** We compared partner abuse by cohabitors and daters among 21-year-olds. Cohabitors were significantly more likely than daters to...
Interparental Conflict Styles and Youth Problem Behaviors: A Two-Sample Replication Study
BRIAN K. BARBER Brigham Young University* We examine the association between interparental conflict and youth internalizing and externalizing problem behaviors. Youth perceptions of three interparental conflict variables are studied: frequency of disagreement,...
Living Rooms as Factories: Class, Gender, and the Satellite Factory System in Taiwan
Living Rooms as Factories: Class, Gender, and the Satellite Factory System in Taiwan. PingChun Hsiung. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. 1996. 182 pp. ISBN 1-56639-390-6. $44.95 cloth, $18.95 paper. At the outset, Ping-Chun Hsiung makes it clear...
Marriage Type and Reproductive Decisions: A Comparative Study in Sub-Saharan Africa
The effect of marriage type-polygamy versus monogamy-on reproductive decisions is investigated using comparative data from the 1988, 1989, and 1993 Demographic and Health Surveys of Ghana and Kenya. The data provide no consistent support for the hypothesized...
Playing on the Mother-Ground: Cultural Routines for Children's Development
Playing on the Mother-Ground: Cultural Routines for Children's Development. David Lancy. New York: Guilford. 1996. 240 pp. ISBN 1-57230215-1. $35.00 cloth, $17.95 paper. Lancy's book comes at a good time in the development of the study of culture, parenting,...
Predicting Marital Happiness and Stability from Newlywed Interactions
A study with 130 newlywed couples was designed to explore marital interaction processes that are predictive of divorce or marital stability, processes that further discriminate between happily and unhappily married stable couples. We explore seven types...
Predicting Spanking of Younger and Older Children by Mothers and Fathers
RANDAL D. DAY Washington State University GARY W. PETERSON Arizona State University* COLEEN McCRACKEN Washington State University** We examine parents' characteristics that influence the incidence of spanking as a discipline strategy in younger and older...
Premarital Sexual Aggressors: A Multivariate Analysis of Social, Relational, and Individual Variables
Grounded in social learning theory, this study investigated sex differences in and correlates of premarital sexual aggression using two operational definitions of sexual aggression. Analyses of survey responses from 380 single males and 241 females revealed...
Racial and Ethnic Differences in Girls' Sexual, Marital, and Birth Expectations
This study examines potential racial and ethnic differences in early adolescent girls' desired and perceived normative role timing and the extent to which various socioeconomic and family factors and school and job aspirations might be linked with girls'...
Satisfaction with Relationship Power and the Perpetration of Dating Violence
This study examined the contribution of a new relationship power construct-satisfaction with relationship power-to physical violence by men against their dating partners. One hundred and fifty-six dating college males participated in this study. As hypothesized,...
She Works/He Works: How Two-Income Families Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off
She Works/He Works: How Two-Income Families Are Happier Healthier and Better Off Rosalind C. Barnett & Caryl Rivers. New York: HarperSanFrancisco/HarperCollins. 1996. 260 pp. ISBN 0-06-251080-0. $24.00 cloth. Rosalind Barnett and Caryl Rivers focus...
The Black Family
The Black Family. Sadye L. Logan (Ed.). Boulder, CO: Westview Press. 1996. 221 pp. ISBN 08133-2577-3. $21.95 paper. Logan's book on Black families grounds itself in an African-centric perspective. There is not a lot of good academic literature that discusses...
The Economic Impact of Nonmarital Childbearing: How Are Older, Single Mothers Faring?
E. MICHAEL FOSTER Georgia State University DAMON JONES Vanderbilt University* SAUL D. HOFFMAN University of Delaware** During recent decades, the rate of nonmarital childbearing among women aged 20 and older has increased steadily. Despite this increase,...
Theorizing about Family Caregiving: The Role of Responsibility
Studies of family caregiving to older parents have focused on filial responsibility. In this study, the meaning of familial responsibility to older members was investigated by interviewing two or three generations in families providing assistance to...
The Perils of Love, or Why Wives Adapt to Husbands during the Transition to Parenthood
Within a theoretical framework of interdependence and the feminization of love, we present evidence that wives' love for their husbands motivates them to align their preferences about the division of child-care tasks with their husbands' preferences...
The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work / Time for Life: The Surprising Way Americans Use Their Time
The Time Bind: When Work Becomes Home and Home Becomes Work. Arlie Russell Hochschild. New York: Metropolitan Books. 1997. 310 pp. ISBN 0-8050-4470-1. $22.50 cloth. Time for Life: The Surprising Way Americans Use Their Time. John P. Robinson & Geoffrey...
Welfare Background, Attitudes, and Employment among New Mothers
ARLEEN LEIBOWITZ University of California* JACOB ALEX KLERMAN RAND** This article investigates whether new mothers' chances of being employed appear to be influenced by an intergenerationally transmitted welfare culture. Data from the National Longitudinal...