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. 74, No. 2, April

Education of Children Left Behind in Rural China
Despite China's substantial internal migration, long-standing rural-urban bifurcation has prompted many migrants to leave their children behind in rural areas. This study examined the consequences of out-migration for children's education using longitudinal...
Familism, Interparental Conflict, and Parenting in Mexican-Origin Families: A Cultural-Contextual Framework
The present investigation examined the relations between the cultural belief of familism and various aspects of family functioning and child adjustment, including interparental conflict, parenting, and children's attachment to school, in a sample of...
Farewell to Moms? Maternal Contact for Seven Countries in 1986 and 2001
Challenging the popular narrative of the long-run decline of the extended family, contemporary studies of intergenerational relations insist that the ties between adult children and their parents are increasing in importance. Although research documents...
Investments in Marriage and Cohabitation: The Role of Legal and Interpersonal Commitment
Cohabiters have been shown to invest less in their relationship than married couples. This study investigated the role of legal and interpersonal commitment by examining heterogeneity within marital and cohabiting unions. Going beyond the dichotomy of...
Life Course Changes of Children and Well-Being of Parents
How do children's life course transitions affect the well-being of their parents? Using a large panel survey among parents with longitudinal information on 2 randomly chosen children, the authors analyzed the effects of children's union formation, parenthood,...
Older Parents Providing Child Care for Adult Children: Does It Pay Off?
This study examined whether past grandparental child care is related to present support from adult children. On the basis of social exchange theory, the authors expected that grandparental child care creates a debt that is repaid in the form of receiving...
Paternal Child Care and Relationship Quality: A Longitudinal Analysis of Reciprocal Associations
This study explored reciprocal associations between paternal child-care involvement and relationship quality by following British couples from the birth of a child until he or she reached school age. It extends the literature by distinguishing between...
Premarital Cohabitation and Marital Dissolution: An Examination of Recent Marriages
An ongoing question remains for family researchers: Why does a positive association between cohabitation and marital dissolution exist when one of the primary reasons to cohabit is to test relationship compatibility? Drawing on recently collected data...
Single Mothers' Religious Participation and Early Childhood Behavior
Using data on 1,134 single mothers from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, this study examined trajectories of religious participation among single mothers and whether these trajectories were associated with early childhood behavior. The...
Spousal Network Overlap as a Basis for Spousal Support
The role social network structure plays in facilitating flows of support between spouses is often overlooked. This study examined whether levels of support between spouses depended on the degree of overlap between spouses' networks. Network overlap may...
Understanding Unique Effects of Parental Incarceration on Children: Challenges, Progress, and Recommendations
Growth in U.S. incarceration rates during the 1980s and 1990s prompted a body of research focused on understanding the diverse effects of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities. An area of particular interest has been how the incarceration...