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. 58, No. 3, August

A Paradigm of Family Transcendence
A partial reformulation of Beutler, Burr, Bahr, and Herrin's (1989a) "family realm" proposal is offered, building on that essay and critics' responses to it. We introduce the concept of family transcendence as a unifying theme for family realm characteristics,...
Associations between Marital Distress and Work Loss in a National Sample
This study presents analyses of data from the National Comorbidity Survey to assess the extent to which problems within marriage spill over to produce work loss. Results indicate that marital distress is positively associated with work loss-particularly...
Changing Fatherhood: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
Changing Fatherhood: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Mirjam van Dongen, Gerard Frinking, & Menno Jacobs, (Eds.). Amsterdam: Thesis Publishers. 1995. 246 pp. Softcover ISBN 90-5170-341-4. $26.50. This book is eclectic in every way. Although the...
Changing Policy, Changing Practice: Mothers' Incomes and Child Support Orders
With the increasing numbers of children affected by divorce and economic vulnerability after divorce, child support is a critical concern of national policymakers. The efforts to increase child support have included a shift to numerical guidelines for...
Chinese Lunar Birth Timing in Singapore: New Concerns for Child Quality Amidst Multicultural Modernity
In line with traditional folk beliefs, many Chinese societies throughout the world (with the exception of China itself) began in the 1970s and 1980s to exhibit birth fluctuations during significant lunar zodiac years-baby booms during the auspicious...
Cohabitation versus Marriage: A Comparison of Relationship Quality
Using data from the 1987-1988 National Survey of Families and Households, we evaluate the extent to which cohabitation is similar to marriage. The quality of recently formed cohabiting and marital relationships among Black and White Americans ages 19...
Engendering Motherhood: Identity and Self-Transformation in Women's Lives
Engendering Motherhood: Identity and SelfTransformation in Women's Lives. Martha McMahon. New York: Guilford Press. 1995. 324 pp. Hardcover ISBN 1-57230-002-7. $32.50 cloth. In Engendering Motherhood, Martha McMahon presents a sociological analysis of...
Explaining the Intergenerational Transmission of Divorce
This study uses national longitudinal data to explain the intergenerational transmission of divorce. Parental divorce is associated with an increased risk of offspring divorce, especially when wives or both spouses have experienced the dissolution of...
Family "Decline" and Child Well-Being: A Comparative Assessment
Two contrasting interpretations of the consequences of change in the modern family have polarized scholars of the family. David Blankenhorn (1990) has appropriately nicknamed the debate "optimism versus pessimism." Some optimists point out that with...
Family Mediation: Contemporary Issues
H. Irving & Michael Benjamin. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 1995. 472 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8039-7126-5. Softcover ISBN 08039-7127-3. $58.00 cloth, $27.95 paper. Family Mediation provides a current review of the research on divorce, a description of the...
Gender Differences in Parent-Child Coresidence Experiences
Gender differences in exchanges and parent-child relations for adult children residing in parent households are investigated using data from the National Survey of Families and Households. Daughters report doing more housework, and sons are more likely...
Gender, Parenthood, and Anger
We examine how gender inequality in the family affects anger. A sociological model of distress predicts that conditions of inequality and disadvantage result in higher levels of all types of distress. However, most research on gender and parenthood has...
Husbands' Participation in Domestic Labor: Interactive Effects of Wives' and Husbands' Gender Ideologies
The literature suggests that gender ideology-how a person identifies herself or himself in terms of marital and family roles traditionally linked to gender-is related to the division of labor in the home. In this article I assert that it is not sufficient...
Incorporating Health into Models of Marriage Choice: Demographic and Sociological Perspectives
This study uses data from the National Longitudinal Study of Youth to examine how health-related characteristics and behaviors affect first marriage rates among young American adults. The results emphasize the importance of including health variables...
Intergenerational Coresidence and Contact: A Longitudinal Analysis of Adult Children's Response to Their Mother's Widowhood
In this article, we are interested in seeing how a father's death affects adult children's relationships with their mothers. We also examine whether our understanding of change in intergenerational relationships over the life course is improved by the...
Living Arrangements and Social Networks of Older Adults
This is the first of several monographs that report the results of the NESTOR-LSN program designed to study living arrangements and social networks from the perspective of more than 4,000 Dutch adults, aged 54-89. The book includes data on subjective...
Medicine and the Family: A Feminist Perspective
Medicine and the Family: A Feminist Perspective. Lucy M. Candib. New York: Basic Books. 1995. 360 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-46502374-6. $38.00 cloth. In 35 years, I have never seen anyone in the medical profession take on the problems related to their interaction...
Mothers' Work Hours and Marital Quality: Variations by Family Structure and Family Size
This research uses data from the 1988 wave of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, Merged Child-Mother, to investigate the association between married mothers' employment and their reports of marital conflict and marital happiness in continuously...
Predicting Marital Instability from Spouse and Observer Reports of Marital Interaction
This prospective study examines the relationship between the quality of marital interaction, both as perceived by spouses and as reported by outside observers, and marital instability and divorce in a sample of 436 long-time married couples from the...
Sibling Relationships across the Life Span
Sibling Relationships Across the Life Span. Victor G. Cicirelli. New York: Plenum Press. 1995. 255 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-306-45025-9. $39.50 cloth. Victor Cicirelli's main point in his most recent book is restated in numerous ways so we don't miss it:...
The Communication Patterns Questionnaire: The Reliability and Validity of a Constructive Communication Subscale
This study provides evidence for the reliability and validity of a 7-item constructive communication subscale of the Communication Patterns Questionnaire (CPQ-CC, Christensen & Sullaway, 1984). Seventy married couples completed the CPQ and participated...
The Determinants of Fathering during the Child's Second and Third Years of Life: A Developmental Analysis
To further the understanding of the determinants of fathering, the parenting of 64 fathers of firstborn male toddlers was observed at home at four ages across the second and third years of life (15, 21, 27, and 33 months). Four qualitative measures of...
The Importance of Child-Care Characteristics to Choice of Care
This article examines the influence of importance ratings of intrinsic and extrinsic characteristics of child care on parents' choice of care, using data from the National Longitudinal Survey-72. We find that parents who value developmental characteristics...
The Lesbian Family Life Cycle
New York: The Free Press. 1995. 265 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-02-920895-5. $25.00 cloth. Most family life cycle models are based on the assumption that "the family" consists of a heterosexual couple with children, bonded by blood or marriage, with a shared...
The "Paradigm of Family Transcendence": Not a Paradigm, Questionably Transcendent, but Valuable, Nonetheless
The approach many social psychologists take to interpersonal relationship phenomena differs from the approach sociologists traditionally have taken to marital and family relationships. Thus I must confess at the outset that despite having enjoyed a long...
The Problem and Politics of Wholeness in Family Studies
Late last October, I went out to put my garden to bed for the winter. It had been a good year. The only serious casualties were my eggplants, so stunted from invasions by tarnished plant bugs that they failed to produce. Everything else thrived, and...
The Psychology of Intimacy
New York: Guilford Press. 1995. 367 pp. Hardcover ISBN 1-57230-006-X. $35.00 cloth. The Psychology of Intimacy has three stated objectives: (a) to present a conceptualization of intimacy that organizes and stimulates theory and research; (b) to apply...
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