Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Editor's Comments

Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Editor's Comments

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This issue provides considerable thematic coherence. We have three papers focused on the general theme of resilience and adaptation. Following that theme and closely related to it, four more papers investigate the theme of changing marriages. Finally, we have three papers focused on dimensions of parenting and child outcomes. Certainly any scholar of the family will find relevant and pertinent literature within this issue.

The theme of "resilience and adaptation" is a familiar one to readers of this journal. Indeed, many of those in the area of comparative family research focus on the adaptations families and individuals make to a changing world or changes experienced due to migration to a new culture or society. Heaton and Mitchell examine the changing boundaries for homogamy and intermarriage in Brazil over almost two decades. Tanaka and Johnson demonstrate the role of social integration on wellbeing among Japanese elderly. These authors are especially relevant to the theme of adaptation and resilience since integration can be viewed as a form of adaptation. In addition, they use their data to address a number of theoretical problems such as in role theory. The final paper within this theme is Dinero's paper on Bedouin resilience and adaptation in Israel using the practice of polygyny as its focus.

The second thematic area is that of "gender and marriage." Chesters' research leads off this section examining the linkage between egalitarian attitudes and gendered labour in the Australian families across a time period of twenty years. …

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