Journal of Marriage and Family

The Journal of Marriage and Family is a quarterly journal published by the National Council on Family Relations in Minneapolis, Minn. Its subjects are marriage and family and its audience is comprised of researchers, scholars, academics, practitioners of psychology and other professionals working in this field.

Articles from Vol. 61, No. 2, May

Adolescents' Worlds: Negotiating Family, Peers, and School
Adolescents' Worlds: Negotiating Family, Peers, and School. Patricia Phelan, Ann Locke Davidson, & Hanh Cao Yu. New York: Teachers College Press. 1996. 228 pp. ISBN 0-8077-3681-3. $23.95 paper. This is a timely book that extends the study of social...
Assessing Interparental Conflict: Reports of Parents and Adolescents in European American and Mexican American Families
This article reports on the development of the Multidimensional Assessment of Interparental Conflict Scale (MAIC), with parallel forms for parents and adolescents. Dimensions include frequency, intensity, child-related conflict, conflict behavior, child...
Contagion in Family Affection: Mothers, Fathers, and Young Adult Children
Data on matched triads of 428 biological mothers, their husbands, and a young adult child interviewed in the second wave of the National Survey of Families and Households are used to examine affective relationships from the perspective of both parent...
Families, Children, and the Quest for a Global Ethic
Families, Children, and the Quest for a Global Ethic. Robert N. Rapoport. Brookfield, VT: Ashgate Publishing. 1997. 191 pp. ISBN 185972-287-3. $59.95 cloth. This is a small book with large aspirations. Rapoport's principal goal is to indicate how families...
Families Making Sense of Death
Families Making Sense of Death. Janice Winchester Nadeau. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1998. 289 pp. ISBN 0-7619-0265-1. $25.95 paper. Families Making Sense of Death is a moving account of how 10 families are making meaning of the death of a loved one. In...
Family Change and Family Policies in Great Britain
Family Change and Family Policies in Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Sheila B. Kamerman & Alfred J. Kahn (Eds.). Oxford, England: Clarendon Press. 1997. 463 pp. ISBN 0-19-829025-X. $99.95 cloth. This book is the first volume...
Family Violence and the Perpetration of Adolescent Dating Violence: Examining Social Learning and Social Control Processes
This study empirically examines why exposure to family violence and adolescent dating violence are associated. Data are from self-administered questionnaires completed in schools by 1,965 eighthand ninth-grade students. Exposure to family violence was...
Father Involvement in Childrearing and the Perceived Stability of Marriage
The central hypothesis of this article, that large investments by fathers in childrearing are associated with high marital stability, is tested against two competing hypotheses about marital stability. The hypotheses are examined using data from a national...
Intergenerational Transmission of Marital Quality and Marital Instability
We used longitudinal data involving parents and children to investigate the intergenerational transmission of marital quality and instability and the effects of parental divorce on children's marital quality. Results indicated that parental divorce increased...
Issues in Intimate Violence
Issues in Intimate Violence. Raquel Kennedy Bergen (Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1998. 314 pp. ISBN 0-7619-0936-2. $24.95 paper. Issues in Intimate Violence is a collection of relatively short articles on a variety of subjects related to family and...
Longitudinal Effects of Divorce on the Quality of the Father-Child Relationship and on Fathers' Psychological Well-Being
Using panel data from the National Survey of Families and Households (n = 844), we examine the impact of divorce on father-child relationship quality and fathers' psychological well-being, the extent to which the residence of a focal child moderates...
Marital Strains and Marital Quality: The Role of High and Low Locus of Control
We examine the cross-sectional and over-time effects of a domain-specific measure of locus of control (marital locus of control or MLC) on tvo measures of marital quality-positive marital quality and negative marital quality. We provide a preliminary...
Marital Success and Domains of Social Support in Long-Term Relationships: Does the Influence of Network Members Ever End?
This study examines the association between various domains of social network support and the long-term marital success of husbands and wives who had been married for an average of 20 years. We hypothesized that three domains of social network support...
Masculinities and Violence
Masculinities and Violence. Lee H. Bowker (Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1998. 267 pp. ISBN 0-7619-0452-2. $61.50 cloth, $27.50 paper. This book is the tenth and latest volume in the Research on Men and Masculinities Series, edited by Michael Kimmel....
Multiple Perspectives on Family Differentiation: Analyses by Multitrait Multimethod Matrix and Triadic Social Relations Models
This article illustrates two statistical analysis procedures that provide options for handling multiple perspectives on the same variable. We used the Differentiation in the Family System Scale to assess boundary maintenance in the family from three...
Multiple Risk Factors in the Family Environment and Youth Problem Behaviors
We test three risk models (independent-additive, interactive, and exponential) to examine how multiple risk factors in the family environment-overt interparental conflict, poor parenting, and economic hardship-operate conjointly to predict youth problem...
Nonresident Father Visitation, Parental Conflict, and Mother's Satisfaction: What's Best for Child Well-Being?
This study examines the interrelationship of nonresident father visitation, parental conflict over this visitation, and the mother's satisfaction with the father's visitation. We consider the prevalence and characteristics of diverse family types defined...
Observations of Marital Conflict and Power: Relations with Parenting in the Triad
An ethnically diverse sample of 113 families with a 7- to 11-year-old son participated in this study of marital functioning and its relationship with parenting in a family setting. Observations were made of discussions of dyadic marital and triadic family...
Parenting Self-Efficacy of HIV-Infected Mothers: The Role of Social Support
Parenting self-efficacy is a crucial component of parenting competence. In this study, we examine differences in parenting self-efficacy and the relationship of social support to parenting self-efficacy for HIV-infected and uninfected mothers. We test...
Paternal Involvement and Children's Behavior Problems
Although a large number of studies have examined associations between paternal involvement and children's outcomes, most are based on a single source of data or fail to control for maternal involvement. We used data from the National Survey of Families...
Perceived Parental Acceptance as a Moderator of Religious Transmission among Adolescent Boys and Girls
Using a sample of 407 families living in rural areas of North Central Iowa, this study examines religious transmission between same-sex and cross-sex parent-child groups. The analyses focus on the mechanisms through which adolescents' perceptions of...
Persistence and Change in Decisions to Remain Childless
Numerous researchers have examined the incidence, correlates, and predictors of childlessness. Few, however, have examined changes in intended childlessness because the longitudinal data required to track these changes are rare. We utilize the National...
Playing All the Roles: Gender and the Work-Family Balancing Act
Much sociological research focuses on employed women's strains in negotiating paid work and family demands. Yet few studies examine women's subjective sense of success in balancing these spheres, especially compared with men. Using a sample of married,...
Predictors of Leaving Home in Young Adults Raised in Germany: A Replication of a 1991 Study
This study replicates and expands a previous study conducted by Silbereisen, Meschke, and Schwarz (1996) that examined the timing and correlates of leaving home in former East and West Germany using data gathered in 1991. With data collected in 1996,...
Research Methods in Family Therapy
Research Methods in Family Therapy. Douglas H. Sprenkle & Sidney M. Moon (Eds.). New York: Guilford. 1996. 514 pp. ISBN 1-57230111-2. $55.00 paper. Here is a volume that challenges many of the field's subtle but slow-to-change attitudes regarding...
Social Networks, Structural Interdependence, and Conjugal Adjustment in Heterosexual, Gay and Lesbian Couples
This study examines the social networks and conjugal adjustment of heterosexual, gay, and lesbian couples. Partners of 50 heterosexual, 50 gay, and 33 lesbian couples completed a structured interview (n = 266) about their social networks. The three types...
The European Family: The Family Question in the European Community
The European Family: The Family Question in the European Community. Jacques Commaille & Francois de Singly (Eds.). Norwell, MA: Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1997. 247 pp. ISBN 0-7923-4757-9. $97.00 cloth. The aim of this book is to answer two questions:...
The First Teenage Pregnancy in the Family: Does It Affect Mothers' Parenting, Attitudes, or Mother-Adolescent Communication?
To understand the consequences of adolescent pregnancy and childbearing for the family, 189 mothers from three types of families were studied: families in which all teenage daughters had never been pregnant, families in which only one teenager was currently...
The Gender of Sexuality
The Gender of Sexuality. Pepper Schwartz & Virginia Rutter. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press. 1998. 234 pp. ISBN 0-8039-9042-1. $18.95 paper. In The Gender of Sexuality, Pepper Schwartz and Virginia Rutter examine the often ignored intersections...
The Meaning of "Relationship" in Interpersonal Communication
The Meaning of "Relationship" in Interpersonal Communication. Richard L. Conville & L. Edna Rogers (Eds.). Westport, CT: Praeger. 1998. 216 pp. ISBN 0-275-95211-8. $59.95 cloth. In their introduction to this volume, Richard L. Conville and L. Edna...
Understanding Abusive Families: An Ecological Approach to Theory and Practice
Understanding Abusive Families: An Ecological Approach to Theory and Practice. James Garbarino & John Eckenrode (Eds.). San Francisco: Jossey Bass. 1997. 273 pp. ISBN 0-78791005-8. $34.95 cloth. This book is primarily devoted to child maltreatment....
Work Demands of Dual-Earner Couples: Implications for Parents' Knowledge about Children's Daily Lives in Middle Childhood
Repetti's (1989, 1994) argument that daily work stress leads parents to withdraw from family interaction was tested by examining parents' knowledge of their school-aged children's experiences, whereabouts, and activities in a sample of 181 dualearner...

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