Family Relations

Family Relations is a journal for family practitioners and academics on relationships across the life cycle with implications for intervention, education and public policy. It is published five times a year by the National Council on Family Relations. Editorial headquarters are in Blacksburg, Va. It has been in publication since 1951. Subjects covered include sociology, marriage and family.

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 5, December

A Note from the Guest Editor
The idea for this special issue emerged during a meeting at the annual NCFR conference, the purpose of which I have long forgotten. In the meeting someone commented that they still used the 2003 special FR issue on divorce that Kay Pasley pulled together...
Bound by Children: Intermittent Cohabitation and Living Together Apart
In this article, we examine variations in low-income mothers' patterns of intermittent cohabitation and the voluntary and involuntary nature of these unions. Intermittent cohabitation involves couples living together and separating in repeating cycles....
Family Characteristics, Custody Arrangements, and Adolescent Psychological Well-Being after Lesbian Mothers Break Up
As part of the largest, longest running prospective American study of same-sex parent families, the present investigation examined relationship dissolution in planned lesbian families. Data were collected from 40 separated couples and their 17-year-old...
Nonmarital Unions, Family Definitions, and Custody Decision Making
Relationships that have not been formalized by marriage but that function like marriage are increasingly common among couples. Many of these relationships involve children who are related to only one of the adults but who have established parent-child...
Parenting Stress, Perceived Child Regard, and Depressive Symptoms among Stepmothers and Biological Mothers
Although stepmothering is a common undertaking in American families, little research has investigated the mental health consequences, and their correlates, associated with adopting a stepmother role. To help fill this gap, the current study examines...
Reconsidering the "Good Divorce"/Commentary/Commentary
This study attempted to assess the notion that a "good divorce" protects children from the potential negative consequences of marital dissolution. A cluster analysis of data on postdivorce parenting from 944 families resulted in three groups: cooperative...
Relationship-Specific Investments, Family Chaos, and Cohabitation Dissolution Following a Nonmarital Birth
Predictors of two types of cohabitation dissolution, dissolution with a continued romantic relationship and without (i.e., breakup), were examined using data from mothers cohabiting at the time of a nonmarital birth in the Fragile Families and Child...
Same-Sex Relationships and Dissolution: The Connection between Heteronormativity and Homonormativity
A queer feminist lens is used to present a selected review of the demographic and descriptive literature related to how same-sex couples in the United States begin and dissolve relationships. We argue that despite research suggesting a uniformity of...
The Processes Distinguishing Stable from Unstable Stepfamily Couples: A Qualitative Analysis
Second marriages are known to be more fragile than first marriages. To better understand the factors that contribute to this fragility, this qualitative study compared stepfamilies that stayed together with those that separated by collecting interview...
The Specter of Divorce: Views from Workingand Middle-Class Cohabitors
Young Americans increasingly express apprehension about their ability to successfully manage intimate relationships. Partially in response, cohabitation has become normative over the past few decades. Little research, however, examines social class distinctions...
Understanding the Disproportionately Low Marriage Rate among African Americans: An Amalgam of Sociological and Psychological Constraints
African Americans have the lowest marriage rate of any racial and ethnic group in America. Although the low marriage rate among African Americans has been largely examined through a sociological lens by documenting structural barriers, which has important...
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