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. 62, No. 3, July

Are Government-Supported Healthy Marriage Initiatives Affecting Family Demographics? A State-Level Analysis
This study assesses whether government-supported Healthy Marriage Initiatives (HMIs)-educational programs to help couples form and sustain healthy marriages and relationships-have had a measurable impact on population-level family outcomes. We compiled...
Boss and Parent, Employee and Child: Work-Family Roles and Deviant Behavior in the Family Firm
The work-family literature examines the degree to which work and family roles can be segmented or integrated by an individual. In the family firm, the requirement that work and family roles be integrated creates tension for family employees, particularly...
Conflict in Family Business: Common Metaphors and Suggestions for Intervention
The interdependence between family and business systems in family business can create conflicts unknown to families without involvement in a business. Using a phenomenological approach based on extensive research and consulting experiences with families...
Family Communication and Innovativeness in Family Firms
This conceptual article seeks to address the heterogeneity of family firms in terms of their innovativeness by investigating business family communication dynamics. We use the established family communication constructs of conversation and conformity...
Family Relations and Family Businesses: A Note from the Guest Editors
Scholars, practicing professionals and clinicians, and leaders from a diverse assortment of disciplines (e.g., family science, business, law) have been interested in trying to find ways to improve the bidirectional interface and dynamics between families...
Family Social Capital in Family Businesses: A Stocks and Flows Investigation
This study investigates family social capital "stock and flow" processes defined by social capital access and use at the family-firm nexus over time. We examined direction of effects in associations between family functional strength and business-related...
Low-Income Mothers' Employment Experiences: Prospective Links with Young Children's Development
This study assessed mothers' employment experiences and links with children's long-term cognitive achievement and socio-emotional adjustment using a representative sample of lowincome mothers and children (N = 538) from the Three-City Study. Maternal...
Passing the Torch: Factors Influencing Transgenerational Intent in Family Firms
Recent family business research has focused on transgenerational intent (TI)-the plan to pass management of the business to future generations-as a defining characteristic of family firms. We theorize that TI is influenced by the current leader's consideration...
The Determinants of Family Owner-Managers' Affective Organizational Commitment
Affective organizational commitment is an important predictor of the willingness to contribute to organizational goals and is of particular relevance to family firms, as these firms often rely on long-term involvement of family members through transgenerational...
The Theory of Social Systems as a Framework for Understanding Family Businesses
There is a long tradition of systemic approaches in family business research, but recent developments have been widely ignored. This article gives a brief overview of these approaches and models and then introduces the modern theory of social systems....
When Family Members Are Also Business Owners: Is Entrepreneurship Good for Families?
This article represents a call to family scholars for help in examining the effects of business ownership on families. To demonstrate the importance of this call, we illustrate the extent to which new venture creation is encouraged by policymakers and...
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