Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Journal of Family (and) Consumer Sciences is a peer-reviewed journal of family and consumer sciences covering research to practice. Founded in 1909, it is a quarterly publication published by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Articles from Vol. 94, No. 2, April

AAFCS Avenues for Giving
DEVELOPMENT At the heart of America is a spirit of giving. In 2000, Americans contributed to 1.23 million charities and non-profit organizations. A study of American giving conducted by Independent Sector found that 89% of American households contributed...
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Capacity Building: A Practice Perspective
Capacity building as a lifestyle means that it is an integral part of our lives. Further, a lifestyle plan suggests that we make deliberate decisions toward an end goal. Nickols and Anderson (2001) define capacity building as "acquiring and using knowledge...
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Choosing to Eat School Lunch: Child, Parent, or Joint Decision?
SCHOLARSHIP ABSTRACT This study was conducted to identify the primary customer of elementary school foodservice and nutrition programs. The research question was "Who makes the decision to eat school meals? Is it the parent, the child, or is the decision...
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College Students' Compliance with Food Guide Pyramid Recommendations
SCHOLARSHIP ABSTRACT This study assessed dietary compliance among 192 college students (64 males and 128 females) with the recommended number of daily servings from the five food groups depicted on the Food Guide Pyramid. Only 33% of males and 21 % of...
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Council for Accreditation Develops Strategic Plan
The Council for Accreditation (CFA) of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) has developed a Strategic Plan to guide its activities during this first decade of the new century. In keeping with its vision of being the nationally...
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Diversity in Children, Youth, and Family Programs: Cooperative Extension
ABSTRACT The Cooperative Extension System recognized societal changes by expanding efforts to reach children, youth, and families not traditionally served by Extension programs. This study examined Extensions ability to serve diverse audiences on cultural,...
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Earning Professional Development Units: It's Easier Than You Think!
Beginning this year, you will have the opportunity to earn PDUs by reading the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences and responding, in your own home, to a series of questions that relate to selected articles in each Journal. Are you looking for a...
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Enhancing Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum and Enrollment: Integration and Engagement
STRATEGIES The family and consumer sciences (FCS) program at a southern university has experienced unprecedented growth as a result of curriculum revisions that focus on meeting the needs of today's students in higher education through historical FCS...
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Expanding on the Meaning of Resource Development for Family & Consumer Sciences in the 21st Century
As players in the game of life, humans face the challenge of not only managing our current resources but also developing new resources for the generations to come. In systems theory, resources are the components necessary to satisfy the needs of all...
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Families as We Are: Conversations from around the World
Families As We Are: Conversations From Around the World Perdita Huston, (2001). New York, NY: The Feminist Press at the City University of New York Perdita Huston has spent years as a journalist interviewing and writing about women and families in many...
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Food Security and Low-Income Families: Research to Inform Policy and Programs
ABSTRACT The purpose of this study was to understand how low-income families meet their food and nutrition needs. The low-income families studied used five primary strategies: (1) relying on others; (2) adjusting resources; (3) reducing food consumption;...
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For Your Information
Technology in the Classroom Since the dawn of this "technology age," there has been both praise and criticism of technology in the classroom. A recent national report was critical-painting a picture of "30 youngsters sit (ting) at individual desks clicking...
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From the Desk of the 2001-2002 President: United We Stand
United We Stand How can we create a win/win situation for all of us as professionals and organizations and strengthen our service to society? Family and consumer sciences professionals are making contributions in government, business, and of course,...
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From the Desk of the Executive Director: Becoming Whole Again
Now, it is time for us to grow together again as we reflect an organizational wellness, resource development, capacity building, and appropriate use of technology in order to better serve society. Invited features in this issue cover Wellness; Resource...
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Global Perspectives: World Food Day 2001
PRACTICE The family and consumer sciences mission implicitly mandates professionals to promote awareness of morally defensible actions that enhance the well-being of individuals and families globally. How do we help students turn their concepts of global...
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Insights and Understandings of Diversity: Family and Consumer Sciences Educators' Life Experiences
ABSTRACT This qualitative study explored diversity through the personal and professional insights of four university-based educators. Although participants' childhood experiences with diverse cultures were relatively limited, professional experiences...
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Leadership Opportunities to Enhance Knowledge
We, as students, are the next generation of leaders for this wonderful organization, and, as such we need to demonstrate this in our local, state, and national leadership positions. We can't all be captains, we've got to be crew, There's something for...
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Multicultural and Diversity Perspectives: Toward Transformational and Action in Family and Consumer Sciences Learning Experiences
Transformative and action approaches incorporate a variety of viewpoints to highlight both similarities and differences; they bring the content and experience of currently marginalized groups into the center of a program, and they encourage each participant...
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Promoting Diversity in Cooperative Extension: Arizona's Experience
PRACTICE The University of Arizona provides one example of a systematic approach to increase Cooperative Extension's ability to serve diverse audiences. In 1992, The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Diversity Committee was formed to promote an...
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Reflections: Responses to the Re-Design of the Journal
We would like to share a few readers' comments about the new look and feel of the Journal. Just received my journal-GREAT JOB!! The publication looks so much more user friendly, and the tabs for section ID certainly point you in the direction you wish...
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Renew-Revitalize-Re-Engage
Overview It's important for an organization, field, profession, or individual to periodically connect with the past, articulate the present, and create the future. The intellectual foundation of our profession is our body of knowledge, which is an evolutionary,...
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The Appropriate Use of Technology: Our Commitment to Families and Communities
Theobald (1999) believed that society today needs leaders who can work for quiet, positive, and sustainable change. Family and consumer sciences professionals can be these leaders, helping families and communities understand that thoughtful, value-based...
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The Body of Knowledge: Strategies in Action
STRATEGIES Family and consumer sciences teachers in secondary programs are charged with interpreting our profession's body of knowledge for some of the most difficult audiences to be found. To provide a glimpse at strategies in action, we have highlighted...
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Using Books to Encourage Healthful Eating by Young Children
Using books to foster positive behaviors and attitudes is not new to the fields of education and developmental psychology. Books have been used to help children through difficult transitions such as starting school and life-changing events like divorce...
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Wellness: The Holistic Approach to Health
Wellness, the holistic approach to health, has been a pervasive theme throughout the history of family and consumer sciences (Anderson & Nickols, 2001). It is an active state of health in which an individual progresses toward a higher level of functioning,...
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What Can Your State or Community Do for Babies?
Joan Lombardi, former director of the federal Child Care Bureau and family and child policy expert, has developed a dozen steps for using Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) and other funds to ensure better infant care in states and communities:...
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Women's Perception of Physicians' Influence of Weight Gain during Pregnancy
SCHOLARSHIP ABSTRACT This investigation identified low-income pregnant womens perceptions of the influence of the physician as related to the subjects concerns about body image and weight gain during pregnancy. Survey data were used. The perceived influence...
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