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. 1, February

Adolescent Females: Their Sexual Partners and the Fathers of Their Children
This study examines age differences among adolescent females, the fathers of their children, and their first sexual partners, as well as the girl's relationship to her first partner. It uses data from Vital Statistics, the National Maternal and Infant...
Adolescent Sexual Behavior in Two Ethnic Minority Samples: The Role of Family Variables
This study examined family structural variables (family income, parental education, and maternal marital status) and process variables (maternal monitoring, mother-adolescent general communication, mother-adolescent sexual communication, and maternal...
Anger Transmission from Mother to Child: A Comparison of Mothers in Chronic Pain and Well Mothers
This study tested whether on days when mothers feel angrier than usual they transmit their anger to their child through harsh parenting, and it examined whether the anger-transmission process is dampened in families in which there is an obvious noninterpersonal...
Bringing Home the Bacon: Marital Allocation of Income-Earning Responsibility, Job Shifts, and Men's Wages
Studies show that married men earn more than single men, even when human capital is controlled. There has been little eft()rt to integrate the study of the marriage effect on men's wages with the literature on the division of labor in the household or...
Childhood Conditions and Adult Welfare Use: Examining Neighborhood and Family Factors
Using linked data from the U.S. Census and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, examine how childhood conditions affect the likelihood of welfare use as an adult. I look at a number of theories, including the welfare theory, the social isolation and epidemic...
Constructing Fatherhood: Discourses and Experiences
Constructing Fatherhood: Discourses and Experiences. Deborah Lupton & Lesley Barclay. London: Sage. 1997. 176 pp. ISBN 0-76195341-8. $24.00 paper. Deborah Lupton and Lesley Barclay have written a sophisticated analysis of fatherhood in latetwentieth...
Contemporary Parenting: Challenges and Issues
Constructing Fatherhood: Discourses and Experiences. Deborah Lupton & Lesley Barclay. London: Sage. 1997. 176 pp. ISBN 0-76195341-8. $24.00 paper. Deborah Lupton and Lesley Barclay have written a sophisticated analysis of fatherhood in latetwentieth...
Daily Transmission of Tensions between Marital Dyads and Parent-Child Dyads
This study examines how tension is transmitted between the marital dyad and the parent-child dyad on a day-to-day basis and explores how stable and changing aspects of the family moderate this process of tension spillover. Mothers and fathers (n = 117...
Dynamics of Women's Employment Patterns over the Family Life Course: A Comparison of the United States and Germany
We use event history analysis to study the effects of family-related factors on the employment behavior of U.S. and (West) German women in a dynamic life course perspective. Data from the National Survey of Families and Households and the German Socioeconomic...
Emotional Transmission in Couples under Stress
We examined emotional transmission in 68 couples in which one member was preparing to face a major stressful event, the New York State Bar Examination. This event is the final hurdle in the course of legal training, and it typically evokes high levels...
Emotional Transmission in the Daily Lives of Families: A New Paradigm for Studying Family Process
This collection of articles brings together studies that examine the transmission of emotions between family members. All studies employ repeated diary or experience-sampling data to examine daily within-person and within-family variations in emotional...
Maternal Gatekeeping: Mothers' Beliefs and Behaviors That Inhibit Greater Father Involvement in Family Work
Maternal gatekeeping is conceptualized within the framework of the social construction of gender and is defined as having three dimensions: mothers' reluctance to relinquish responsibility over family matters by setting rigid standards, external validation...
Neighborhood Poverty: Context and Consequences for Children, Volume I, and Neighborhood Poverty: Policy Implications in Studying Neighborhoods, Volume II
Neighborhood Poverty: Context and Consequences for Children, Volume I, and Neighborhood Poverty: Policy Implications in Studying Neighborhoods, Volume II. Jeanne BrooksGunn, Greg J. Duncan, & J. Lawrence Aber (Eds.). New York: Russell Sage Foundation....
Nonmarital Childbearing among Adult Women
Key Words: fertility history, marital fertility, nonmarital fertility, out-of-wedlock births, premarital fertility. We look at fertility and economic outcomes of women with three types of nonmarital births and women who have marital births. The sample...
Not Our Kind of Girl: Unraveling the Myths of Black Teenage Motherhood
Not Our Kind of Girl: Unraveling the Myths of Black Teenage Motherhood. E. B. Kaplan. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1997. 250 pp. ISBN 0-520-20858-7. $15.95 paper. Elaine Bell Kaplan has introduced through her extensive study of Black teen...
Parenting Processes Related to Sexual Risk-Taking Behaviors of Adolescent Males and Females
This study extends current research on the relationship of parenting processes to adolescent sexual behavior by asking what parenting behaviors are related to sexual risk taking among sexually active adolescent males and females. Parenting behaviors...
Parents, Children & Adolescents: Interactive Relationships and Development in Context
Parents, Children & Adolescents: Interactive Relationships and Development in Context. Anne-Marie Ambert. New York: The Haworth Press. 1997. 395 pp. ISBN 0-7890-0181-0. $24.95 cloth. Anne-Marie Ambert's volume provides a broad and current overview...
Partner Violence
Partner Violence. Jana L. Jasinski & Linda M. Williams (Eds.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage: 1998. 314 pp. ISBN 0-7619-1318. $25.95 paper. Violence and abuse between partners is not a new phenomenon. However, only comparatively recently has it been recognized...
Satisfaction in Close Relationships
Satisfaction in Close Relationships. Robert J. Sternberg & Mahzad Hojjat (Eds.). New York: Guilford Press. 1997. 429 pp. ISBN 1-57230217-8. $45.00 cloth. This edited volume addresses the question of what contributes to satisfaction in close relationships...
Stepfamilies: History, Research, and Policy
Stepfamilies: History, Research, and Policy. Irene Levin & Martin B. Sussman (Eds.). New York: The Haworth Press. 1997. 328 pp. ISBN 07890-0337-6. $49.95 cloth, $24.95 paper. Editors Irene Levin and Martin Sussman have compiled 18 articles on stepfamily...
The Consequences of Growing Up Poor
The Consequences of Growing Up Poor. Greg J. Duncan & Jeanne Brooks-Gunn (Eds.). New York: Russell Sage Foundation. 1997. 640 pp. ISBN 0-87154-133-2. $49.95 cloth. Greg Duncan and Jeanne Brooks-Gunn explore "the consequences of growing up poor, as...
The Effect of Attitudes and Economic Activity on Marriage
Delay of marriage among young adults often is attributed to the diminishing importance of marriage. Cultural explanations are also used to explain differences in the marriage rates of Whites and Blacks. Nonetheless, research on factors influencing marriage...
The Impact of Acculturation in Mexican American Families on the Quality of Adult Grandchild-Grandparent Relationships
We hypothesize that acculturation of young adult Mexican American grandchildren disrupts their relationships with more culturally traditional grandparents. To test our hypotheses, we use the Study of Three-Generation Mexican American Families, a longitudinal...
The Interplay between Maternal Depressive Symptoms and Marital Distress in the Prediction of Adolescent Adjustment
We examine the nature and directionality of paths among maternal depressive symptoms, marital distress, and adolescent depressive and externalizing symptoms in 506 adolescent-mother dyads. Structural equation models, used with data from three measurements,...
The Tripartite Nature of Marital Commitment: Personal, Moral, and Structural Reasons to Stay Married
This study assesses the empirical viabilihy of Johnson's (1991) commitment framework. The core principle is that commitment, rather than a unitary phenomenon, involves three distinct experiences: wanting to stay married, feeling morally obligated to...
Transmission of Emotions in the Daily Interactions of Single-Mother Families
Key Words: emotional transmission, family process, one-parent families, parent-adolescent relationships. This study examines the paths of emotional transmission in one-parent, mother-headed families. One hundred adolescents and their single mothers provided...
Treating the Dyad as the Unit of Analysis: A Primer on Three Analytic Approaches
This article reviews three analytic approaches for treating the dyad as the unit of analysis. These approaches are useful for the specific, but quite common, situation in which researchers have information from or about two members of a dyad. Three approaches...
When Me Batter Women: New Insights into Ending Abusive Relationships
When Men Batter Women: New Insights into Ending Abusive Relationships. Neil Jacobson & John Gottman. New York: Simon & Schuster. 1998. 301 pp. ISBN 0-684-81447-1. $25.00 paper. In this book, Neil Jacobson and John Gottman present evidence of...
Wives' Income and Marital Quality: Are There Reciprocal Effects?
The nature and direction of the relationship between wives' income and marital quality are investigated in this research. Competing hypotheses are tested using panel data for a nationally representative sample of 771 married women and men (not couples)...
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