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. 57, No. 2, May

A Controlled Parenting Skills Outcome Study Examining Individual Difference and Attendance Effects
Recent reviews of family-focused interventions designed to prevent juvenile conduct and substance use problems reveal that these interventions are widely disseminated, but only infrequently evaluated (e.g., Institute of Medicine, 1994; U.S. Department...
Antecedents of Parent-Adolescent Disagreements
The quality of an adolescent's relationship with his or her parents is a key component to healthy adolescent development. Secure bonds between parents and their adolescent children allow young people the freedom to grow and explore, knowing their home...
A Parent's Economic Shadow: Family Structure versus Family Resources as Influences on Early School Achievement
The experience of growing up in the United States is different for youngsters today than it was for their parents. Family organization has changed and the proportion of single mothers has increased dramatically in recent decades. In 1990, only 59% of...
Book Reviews -- Divergent Realities: The Emotional Lives of Mothers, Fathers, and Adolescents by Reed Larson and Maryse H. Richards
Divergent Realities: The Emotional Lives of Mothers, Fathers, and Adolescents. Reed Larson & Maryse H. Richards. New York: Basic Books. 1994. 256 pp. ISBN 0-465-01662-6. $26.00 cloth.Family researchers, and social scientists generally, are often...
Book Reviews -- Family Evaluation: A Psychological Approach by Luciano L'Abate
Family Evaluation: A Psychological Approach. Luciano L'Abate. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1994. 184 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8039-4238-9. $36 cloth, $17.95 paper.L'Abate provides the reader with a clearly written and engaging treatise on how structured interviews...
Book Reviews -- Metaphors of Family Systems Theory: Toward New Constructions by Paul C. Rosenblatt
Metaphors of Family Systems Theory: Toward New Constructions. Paul C. Rosenblatt. Guilford: New York. 1994. 230 pp. ISBN 0-89862-321-9. $26.95 cloth.This is a book about the variety of metaphors employed in theoretical and therapeutic efforts concerning...
Book Reviews -- Parents' Jobs and Children's Lives by Toby L. Parcel and Elizabeth G. Menaghan
Parents' Jobs and Children's Lives. Toby L. Parcel & Elizabeth G. Menaghan. New York: Aldine de Gruyter. 1994. 256 pp. ISBN 0-202-30483-3. $39.95 cloth, $18.95 paper.The political rhetoric around the term family values has returned the issue of maternal...
Book Reviews -- Personal Relationships during Adolescence Edited by Raymond Montemayor, Gerald R. Adams and Thomas P. Gullotta
Personal Relationships During Adolescence. Raymond Montemayor, Gerald R. Adams, & Thomas P. Gullotta (Eds.). Thousands Oaks, CA: Sage. 1994. 254 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8039-5680-0. $46.50 cloth, $22.95 paper.Beginning in 1989, these editors published...
Book Reviews -- Redefining Families: Implications for Children's Development Edited by Adele Eskeles Gottfried and Allen W. Gottfried
Redefining Families: Implications for Children's Development. Adele Eskeles Gottfried & Allen W. Gottfried (Eds.). New York: Plenum. 1994. 200 pp. ISBN 0-306-44559-X. $34.50 cloth.The conventional family with the father as sole provider and the mother...
Book Reviews -- Stepparenting: Issues in Theory, Research, and Practice Edited by Kay Pasley and Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman
Stepparenting: Issues in Theory, Research, and Practice. Kay Pasley & Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman (Eds.). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. 1994. 292 pp. ISBN 0-313-28502-0. $59.95 cloth.The two primary purposes of this edited book are to (a) examine research...
Book Reviews -- Surrogate Motherhood: Conception in the Heart by Helena Ragone
Surrogate Motherhood: Conception in the Heart. Helena Ragone. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. 1994. 215 pp. ISBN 0-8133-1978-1. $58 cloth.Surrogate motherhood is one of those phenomena understood very differently by insiders and outsiders. Anthropologist...
Book Reviews -- the Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood: Brave New Families? by Scott B. Rae
The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood: Brave New Families? Scott B. Rae. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. 1994. 192 pp. ISBN 0-275-945679-7. $49.95 cloth.A commercial surrogate is hired by someone, usually an infertile couple, to carry out their...
Cohabitation and Divorce in Canada: Testing the Selectivity Hypothesis
Canada has experienced dramatic transformations in union formation and dissolution over the past 3 decades. Specifically, rates of premarital cohabitation and rates of divorce have soared. In this study, we will examine the connections between these...
Commitment and Dependency in Marriage
The persistence of marriage, like its dissolution, is the result of many factors. Research on the variables that contribute to persistence in marriage focuses on commitment, a term that is frequently used to describe individuals and relationships, yet...
Factors Related to Union Formation among Single Mothers in Canada
Family life has been considerably modified by the rapid demographic changes observed in developed countries over the last quarter century. In particular, the growing instability of unions has led to a sharp rise in the number of single-parent families...
Factors That Predispose Middle-Aged Sons and Daughters to Provide Social Support to Older Parents
What accounts for the willingness of adult children to serve the needs of their aging parents? Despite social changes-such as geographic mobility, divorce, and women's participation in the labor force -- that have presumably weakened intergenerational...
Helping between Parents and Young Adult Offspring: The Role of Parental Marital Quality, Divorce, and Remarriage
The transition to adulthood is particularly problematic for today's young adults. Persistent underemployment, low beginning salaries, rising housing costs, high divorce rates, and high levels of nonmarital childbearing have increased the amount and duration...
Household Labor in Intergenerational Households
The study of household labor has grown dramatically in recent years. Researchers have investigated how husbands and wives divide household labor, how this division is influenced by paid work, and whether husbands and wives feel the distribution is fair....
Juggling Jobs and Kids: The Impact of Employment Schedules on Fathers' Caring for Children
Gender equality in the future depends partly on how women and men combine employment and family responsibilities in the present. The decisions that mothers and fathers make about work and family, especially about how they care for their children, help...
Marriage, Sex, and Mortality
Much mortality research has focused on marital status; in general, those who are married consistently exhibit lower mortality than those who are not. Many studies have concentrated on how differences in age, sex, and marital status affect mortality....
Modelling Control in Relationships
An understanding of the processes that occur during dating can help us build a general theory about intimate relationships. In building a general theory, we need to first examine those processes that social scientists have seen as critical in understanding...
Parental Work, Family Structure, and Poverty among Latino Children
Although the deteriorating economic well-being of American children is now widely acknowledged (Bianchi, 1990; Corbett, 1993), comparative research on child poverty among Latinos is virtually nonexistent. Previous studies have typically examined Hispanics...
Patriarchal Terrorism and Common Couple Violence: Two Forms of Violence against Women
We are all too familiar with stories of women who are finally murdered by husbands who have terrorized them for years. In addition, the authors of the 1985 National Family Violence Survey estimate that over six million women are assaulted by their husbands...
Remarriage, Stepchildren, and Marital Conflict: Challenges to the Incomplete Institutionalization Hypothesis
According to Cherlin (1978), the degree to which the family is "institutionalized" varies across family types in the United States. Families are institutionalized to the extent that well-established norms and rituals structure interaction between family...
Social Bonding and the Cessation of Partner Violence across Generations
Violence between adult partners has often been explained by a process of intergenerational transmission, with this explanation dominant for nearly 2 decades (see, e.g., Widom, 1989c, for a review). The argument explicates a social learning process whereby...
The Effect of No-Fault Divorce Law on the Divorce Rate across the 50 States and Its Relation to Income, Education, and Religiosity
Society uses many methods for social control, including the legal system. In the past, society erected a formidable barrier, fault-based divorce law, to prevent (or at least to hinder) the dissolution of a marriage. However, over time, social reforms...
The Retreat from Marriage: Its Effect on Unmarried Children's Exchange with Parents
In the last 20 years, an increased age at marriage and an increased risk of divorce raised the proportion of adults between the ages of 25 and 54 who are unmarried from 15% to 33% (U. S. Bureau of the Census, 1972, 1992). Today, the average parent with...
The Sleeper Effect-Myth or Reality?
This article presents results from a 10-year Australian study of the effects of parental divorce at adolescence. It examines whether a "sleeper effect" has occurred, whereby young people, and especially young women, initially found to be coping well...
The Social Context of Married Women's Work and Its Impact on Black Husbands and White Husbands
Married women's increasing labor force participation has received much research attention (Fendrich, 1984; Gutek, Stromberg, & Larwood, 1988; Hochschild, 1989; Kessler & McRae, 1982; Rosenfield, 1992). Although research has demonstrated that...
Toward a Biopsychosocial Model of Domestic Violence
It is widely accepted that the etiology of family violence is a multifaceted phenomenon that can best be understood from a multidisciplinary perspective. No single theory or discipline has been adequate in thoroughly explaining spouse abuse (Gelles &...
We Shared Something Special: The Moral Discourse of Incest Perpetrators
At first glance, suggesting that incest perpetrators have moral perspectives on incest seems like an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. Yet, incest perpetrators are embedded in cultures that view incest as morally repugnant, and laws make incest illegal....
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