Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Editor's Comments

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There are many ways to organize any given issue of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies. The organization of articles is important in that it is our attempt to create a unified intellectual picture from what are often diverse and unique contributions from authors. One way is to cluster together those papers dealing with roughly the same geographic area and we have often used this approach especially in regard to special issues such as The Indian Family: A Revisit (2012). Another common way to organize and issue is by using the shared topic area such as all those articles on parent-child relations or on work-family issues. This organizational strategy is often used by the Journal.

This current issue of the journal is does not follow either of these strategies. Rather, the current issue is organized by the flow of the material from one related area to another. Indeed, we see how each article provides a segue to the material unfolding in the next article.

This issue begins with the paper by Watkins, Pittman and Walsh on The Effects of Psychological Distress, Work, and Family Stressors on Child Behavior Problems. This paper is a fine example of the ecology of children's development and illustrative of the many ways primal and distal effects challenge children's development. A similar ecological pattern emerges in the paper The Repercussions of Marriage Breakdowns on Housing Preferences: An Empirical Research in Spain (Navarro-Galera, Sanchez-Ferandez, and GonzalesGonzales and Diaz-Bretones). Whereas the first paper moves from broader levels of analysis to the child, this second paper shows how marital breakdown affects housing preferences and demand. The third paper in this issue, Khodarahimi's The Role of Family Typology on Mental Health, Positive and Negative Emotions, Self-Esteem, and Wife Physical Abuse in an Iranian Sample again moves from a broader ecological analysis of family types to patterns of spouse abuse. …

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