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. 64, No. 4, November

African American Children's Adjustment: The Roles of Maternal and Teacher Depressive Symptoms
This study examined the unique and interactive roles of mother and teacher depressive symptoms in child adjustment in 277 African American single mother-headed families, as well as whether the associations differed depending on the age and gender of...
America's Childcare Problem: The Way Out
America's Childcare Problem: The Way Out. Suzanne W. Helburn & Barbara R. Bergmann. New York: Palgrave. 2002. 262 pp. ISBN 0312-21149-X. $32.95 (cloth). Instead of reading about utopian solutions to the myriad of child care problems, I found myself...
Authorizing Family Science: An Analysis of the Objectifying Practices of Family Science Discourse
Contemporary objectifying practices in family science discourse, grounded in an objectivist epistemological framework, often deauthorize the scientific text and fail to frame the constructs in an explicit argumentative and theoretical context. Such practices...
Beyond Parental Status: Psychological Well-Being in Middle and Old Age
Surveys show little evidence of psychosocial disadvantage among childless middle-aged and older adults, but less is known about the diverse experiences that influence subjective well-being among parents and childless adults. In this article, the author...
Child Characteristics, Parenting Stress, and Parental Involvement: Fathers versus Mothers
This study examined variations in the relationships among child characteristics, parenting stress, and parental involvement. Participants were 100 two-parent families with preschool-aged children. Self-report and interview data were collected to measure...
Comparing Father and Mother Reports of Father Involvement among Low-Income Minority Families
Currently available data and concerns about the validity of reports by mothers significantly truncate the ability of researchers to address a myriad of research questions concerning the involvement of fathers in families. This study aimed to inform this...
Constructing Social Science (Please Read All Warnings before, during, and after Use)
Major figures in philosophy such as Plato and Kant have argued that the world is radically unknowable. The best we can do. Plato suggests, is to see shadows on a cave wall. Similar views are expressed in contemporary feminist writings on ways of knowing,...
Do Child Abuse and Interparental Violence Lead to Adulthood Family Violence?
The cycle of violence posits that victimized children grow up to victimize others. Three forms of the cycle have never been tested whether exposure to physical victimization and interparental violence additively or interactively increase risk for adulthood...
Family and Community in Ireland
Family and Community in Ireland. Conrad M. Arensberg & Solon T Kimball (with a new introduction by Anne Byrne, Ricca Edmondson, & Tony Varley). Ennis, County Clare, Ireland: CLASP Press. 2001. 417 pp. ISBN 1-900-54513-6. L26, Euro 33 (hardback)....
From the Editor
EDITORIAL The completion of a volume is a time for reflection. For me, reflection leads inevitably to gratitude. In this issue (pp. 1110-1113), 1 thank publicly the many hidden collaborators-nearly 750-who contribute mightily to this journal as occasional...
Gender, Work, and Intimate Violence: Men's Occupational Violence Spillover and Compensatory Violence
Researchers have rarely studied the effects of occupations on intimate violence, only occasionally distinguishing between blue-collar and white-collar work, and generally finding higher rates of reported abuse in the former group. This research incorporates...
Growing Up Protestant: Parents, Children, and Mainline Churches
Growing Up Protestant: Parents, Children, and Mainline Churches. Margaret Lamberts Bendroth. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 2002. 195 pp. ISBN 0-8135-3014-8. $20.00 (paper). In every respect, Margaret Lamberts Bendroth's Growing Up Protestant...
Ideology, Context, and Obligations to Assist Older Persons
Are older adults responsible for meeting their own needs, is it their children's obligation to care for them, or is there a collective responsibility to see that older adults have their needs met? The purpose of this study was to examine the normative...
Institutional Barriers to Taking Good Advice: A Comment on "Authorizing Family Science"
Family science researchers agree that real, repeated, and important things happen within marriages and families, but we disagree on how best to characterize, articulate, and interpret family behaviors and processes. We are savvy enough to quickly acknowledge...
Life Course Transitions, the Generational Stake, and Grandparent-Grandchild Relationships
Drawing on past research and prominent theoretical orientations, this research note suggests new approaches to intergenerational dynamics. For 316 grandparent-grandchild pairs, we found that the transition of grandchildren to higher education, controlling...
Marriage: Just a Piece of Paper? / Revitalizing the Institution of Marriage for the Twenty-First Century: An Agenda for Strengthening Marriage
Marriage: Just a Piece of Paper? Katherine Anderson, Don Browning, & Brian Boyer (Eds.). Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans. 2002. 410 pp. ISBN 0-8028-3976-2. $25.00 (hardcover). Revitalizing the Institution of Marriage for the Twenty-First Century: An Agenda...
Multilevel Factors Influencing Maternal Stress during the First Three Years
This prospective study applies family stress theory to the influence of personal, child, and familial factors on a mother's parenting stress during the first 3 years of her infant's life. Participants included 134 mothers and their infants at ages 1,...
Perpetrator or Victim? Relationships between Intimate Partner Violence and Well-Being
In national surveys, around half of intimate partner violence perpetrators are also victims of partner assaults. However, data on intimate partner violence victimization and perpetration are rarely examined together. This study examines the relationships...
Planned and Unplanned Childbearing among Unmarried Women
This paper uses data from the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth to examine social, demographic, and economic correlates of planned and unplanned childbearing among unmarried women. I look at who has births outside of marriage, who plans births outside...
Premarital Prediction of Marital Quality or Breakup: Research, Theory, and Practice
Premarital Prediction of Marital Quality or Breakup: Research, Theory, and Practice. Thomas B. Holman. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum. 2001. 328 pp. ISBN 0-306-- 46326-1. $54.50 (hardback). In this book, Thomas B. Holman presents research from a series...
Putting Work in Its Place: A Quiet Revolution
Putting Work in Its Place: A Quiet Revolution. Peter Meiksins & Peter Whalley. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 2002. 208 pp. ISBN 0-8014-3858-6. $25.00 (cloth). We frequently hear about how expanding work hours wreak havoc on personal and family...
Relationship Dissolution as a Life Stage Transition: Effects on Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors
In this paper, with the use of linear regressions to investigate how relationship dissolution affects sexual attitudes and behaviors, the authors address the stereotype that newly single people seek multiple sexual partners. Although the newly single...
Risk and Resiliency Factors among Adolescents Who Experience Marital Transitions
Using a resiliency framework, we examined familial and extrafamilial factors associated with adolescent well-being in intact, blended, and divorced single-parent families. Hierarchical regression analyses were conducted using a large sample of 7th-,...
Seasonality of Sexual Debut
This study brings together insights from two bodies of scholarship that have heretofore existed as parallel research literatures, namely, research on the social antecedents of sexual debut and scholarship on the seasonality of coital activity. The authors...
Starting at Home: Caring and Social Policy
Starting at Home: Caring and Social Policy. Nel Noddings. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. 2002. 342 pp. ISBN 0-52022556-2. $19.95 (paperback). Nel Noddings `starts at home' to develop an ethic of care to guide how social policies should...
Teen Sexual Behavior: Applicability of the Theory of Reasoned Action
We examined the utility of the theory, of reasoned action for predicting sexual intercourse among teenagers and determined whether it holds for both genders and for those with and without prior sexual experience. The data include 749 students who were...
The Black Family: Essays and Studies
The Black Family: Essays and Studies (6th edition). Robert Staples (Ed). Belmont, California: Wadsworth. 1999. 376 pp. ISBN 0-53421-762-- 1. $35.95 paper. Robert Staples is considered one of the foremost authorities on the Black family. His body of research...
The Division of Labor across the Transition to Parenthood: A Justice Perspective
In a three-wave longitudinal survey among 293 couples, we studied the determinants of husbands' and wives' fairness judgments regarding the division of labor across the transition to parenthood. We tested predictions derived from the distributive justice...
The Span of Collective Efficacy: Extending Social Disorganization Theory to Partner Violence
This research applies the social disorganization perspective on the neighborhood-level determinants of crime to partner violence. The analysis brings data from the 1990 Decennial Census together with data from the 1994-1995 Project on Human Development...
Tradition and Change in Vietnamese Family Structure in the Red River Delta
One of the key features of Vietnamese family organization is patrilocality-the preference of married couples to core.side with the husband's parents. With data drawn from a retrospective survey of persons in 1,855 households in the largest province in...
What Do Social Constructionists Want?
As a feminist demographer by trade, I am not personally comfortable with writing self-reflexive sociology. Like anyone, I love a good story; I just lack the facility for applying this colorful, searching skill in the texts of my research. I am caught...
Women, Work, and Family: Balancing and Weaving
Women, Work, and Family: Balancing and Weaving. Angela Hattery. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 2001. 233 pp. ISBN 0-7619-1936-8. $75.95 (cloth); ISBN 0-7619-1937-6. $35.95 (paper). In Women, Work and Family: Balancing and Weaving, Angela Hattery writes: "The...
Work Choices of Mothers in Families with Children with Disabilities
This study used a sample of single and married mothers with children under the age of 20 drawn from the 1992 and 1993 panels of the Survey of Income and Program Participation to examine one facet of the economic implications a child with disabilities...
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