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. 56, No. 3, August

Adolescents in Postdivorce and Always-Married Families: Self-Esteem and Perceptions of Fathers' Interest
Most early studies of the effects of divorce on children and adolescents were framed by a deficit-model assumption that nonnuclear family forms produce undesirable outcomes for children (Marotz-Baden, Adams, Bueche, Munro, Munro, 1979). Studies were...
An International Perspective on Parenting: Social Change and Social Constructs
In this article, three general areas of research and social concern pertaining to parenting are discussed within an international perspective focusing on recent social changes as well as on constructs of parenting. First, the combined example of the...
Book Reviews -- Families in Troubled Times: Adapting to Change in Rural America by Rand D. Conger and Glen H. Elder Jr
Families in Troubled Times: Adapting to Change in Rural America. Rand D. Conger & Glen H. Elder, Jr. Hawthorne, NY: Aldine de Gruyter. 1994. 320 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-202-3487-6. $46.95 cloth, $23.95 paper.During the past decade the economy has undergone...
Book Reviews -- Individuals in Relationships Edited by Steve Duck
Individuals in Relationships. Steve Duck (Ed.). Newbury Park, CA: Sage. 1993. 224 pp. ISBN 0-8039-5156-6. $24.95 cloth.Over the past decade, the proliferation of research on social cognition in personal relationships has resulted in a wealth of new terms,...
Book Reviews -- Interaction between Parents and Children by Laura Stafford and Cherie L. Bayer
Interaction Between Parents and Children. Laura Stafford & Cherie L. Bayer. Newbury Park, CA: Sage. 1993. 212 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8039-3474-2. $46 cloth, $22.50 paper.Because studies of parent-child interaction are found in numerous journals serving...
Book Reviews -- No-Fault Divorce: What Went Wrong? by Allen M. Parkman
No-Fault Divorce: What Went Wrong? Allen M. Parkman. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. 1992. 167 pp. ISBN 0-8133-1433-X. $31.50 cloth.This volume analyzes the current laws governing the grounds for and financial consequences of divorce from an economist's...
Book Reviews -- No Man's Land by Kathleen Gerson / Men, Work, and Family Edited by Jane C. Hood / Growing Up Male by B. Mark Schoenberg / and Others
No Man's Land: Men's Changing Commitments to Family and Work. Kathleen Gerson. New York: Basic. 1993. 355 pp. ISBN 0-465-06316-0. $25 cloth.Men, Work, and Family. Jane C. Hood (Ed.). Newbury Park, CA: Sage. 1993. 294 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8039-3890-X...
Book Reviews -- the Limits of Family Influence: Genes, Experience, and Behavior by David C. Rowe
The Limits of Family Influence: Genes, Experience, and Behavior. David C. Rowe. New York: Guilford Press. 1994. 232 pp. ISBN 0-89862-132-1. $30 cloth.In The Limits of Family Influence, David Rowe carefully delineates the basic view of genetic and environmental...
Book Reviews -- the Spirit of Community: Rights, Responsibilities, and the Communitarian Agenda by Amitai Etzioni
The Spirit of Community: Rights, Responsibilities, and the Communitarian Agenda. Amitai Etzioni. New York: Crown. 1993. 323 pp. ISBN 0-517-59277-0. $22 cloth.This book, by the president-elect of the American Sociological Association, is not academic...
Book Reviews -- Understanding and Helping Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach by Andrew I. Schwebel and Mark A. Fine
Understanding and Helping Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach. Andrew I. Schwebel & Mark A. Fine. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 1993. 224 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8058-1225-3. $59.95 cloth, $22.50 paper.This volume integrates theory, research,...
Book Reviews -- What Predicts Divorce?: The Relationship between Marital Processes and Marital Outcomes by John Mordechai Gottman
What Predicts Divorce?: The Relationship Between Marital Processes and Marital Outcomes. John Mordechai Gottman. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 1994. 536 pp. Hardcover ISBN 0-8058-1285-7. $99.95 cloth, $49.95 paper.In this volume, John Gottman summarizes...
Book Reviews -- Working Wives and Dual-Earner Families by Rose M. Rubin and Bobye J. Riney
Working Wives and Dual-Earner Families. Rose M. Rubin & Bobye J. Riney. Westport, CT: Praeger. 1993. 176 pp. ISBN 0-275-94682-7. $49.95 cloth.In this book, Rose Rubin and Bobye Riney aim to provide the first comprehensive analysis of the economic...
Cohabitation after Marital Disruption in Canada
Using recent Canadian nation data, this study examines the cohabitational experience of 930 women and 650 men after they terminated a first marriage in the context of a marital search model. Our results suggest an increasing trend of postmarital cohabitation...
Conflict Resolution Styles in Gay, Lesbian, Heterosexual Nonparent, and Heterosexual Parent Couples
Preliminary psychometric data are presented for two inventories that assess conflict in couples. The Ineffective Arguing Inventory (IAI) is a self-report measure that assesses a dysfunctional style of couple conflict resolution. The Conflict Resolution...
Doing Their Share: Comparing Patterns of Help Given by Older and Younger Adults
There was a period when I couldn't say no, but I can now. When you get to my age you can do what you want.72-year-old married womanTwo very different images of the elderly emerge from research on aging and recent trends in public policy. Early research...
Early Marriage in a Hmong Cohort
Rumbaut and Ima's (1988) report on the social and cultural adaptation of Southeast Asian refugee youth in Sad Diego indicated that the Hmong have retained their traditional family patterns more than any other group studied. Important characteristics...
Factors Associated with Sexual Risk-Taking Behaviors among Adolescents
During the past two decades, a considerable amount of research has focused on factors related to decisions to have sexual intercourse among adolescents. A growing awareness of the problematic consequences of early childbearing for the teenagers and their...
Family Caregiving and Marital Satisfaction: Findings from a 1-Year Panel Study of Women Caring for Parents with Dementia
This study uses quantitative and qualitative data collected from 94 daughters and daughters-in-law to examine the effects of care giving on marital satisfaction across the first year of caring for an elderly parent with dementia. While there was no change...
Family Mental Health: Marital and Parent-Child Consensus as Predictors
Data regarding consensus and mental health were collected from 252 women, their husbands, and an adolescent child who were members of three-generation households. Analyses indicate that consensus is best represented by six separate constructs and mental...
Filial Responsibility Expectations and Patterns of Intergenerational Assistance
Since its introduction some years ago (Bengtson, Olander, & Haddad, 1976), the theory of intergenerational solidarity has captured considerable attention as a means of characterizing and explaining relations between nuclear kin in the adult years...
Forming a Family, Leaving School Early, and Earning a GED: A Racial and Cohort Comparison
One of the most enduring controversies in family demography concerns the effect of early family formation--becoming a parent or getting married--on educational attainment. A positive association between age at family formation and educational attainment...
Harsh Corporal Punishment versus Quality of Parental Involvement as an Explanation of Adolescent Maladjustment
The majority of United States parents support the principle of corporal punishment and utilize such methods to discipline their children (Straus & Gelles, 18; Straus, Gelles, & Steinmetz, 1980). Childrearing experts (Balter, 1989; Dreikurs, 1964;...
Home-to-Work Spillover Revisited: A Study of Full-Time Employed Women in Dual-Earner Couples
Several studies challenge the conventional wisdom that the boundary between home and work is more permeable for women than for men (Crouter, 1984; Frone, Russell & Cooper, 1992). Two lines of research bear on this issue. First, it has been argued...
Living Arrangements of Elderly Chinese and Japanese in the United States
Living arrangements of elderly persons have been extensively studied in Asian countries and in the United States. Particularly at issue has been whether the elderly live in an extended family household, a nuclear family household, live alone, or in an...
Personal and Familial Adaptation of Women with Severe Physical Disabilities: A Further Validation of the Double ABCX Model
The Double ABCX model, developed by McCubbin and colleagues, served as a theoretical framework for examining the major variables that contribute to the psychosocial adaptation of women. Ninety-four women with severe physical disabilities and 94 healthy...
Piecing Together Child Care with Multiple Arrangements: Crazy Quilt or Preferred Pattern for Employed Parents of Preschool Children?
Hofferth and Phillips (1987) project that by 1995 two-thirds of preschool children will have an employed mother; this means that arranging substitute child care will be a necessity for the majority of families with preschool children. Families use a...
The Effect of Parental Employment on Child Poverty
In 1992, the United States poverty rate of 14.5% exceeded that of any year since the 1983 economic recession, and the number of poor people (37 million) is now greater than any time since the early 1960s (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 1993). The problem...
The Effects of Divorced Mothers' Dating Behaviors and Sexual Attitudes on the Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors of Their Adolescent Children
Although there have been numerous studies documenting the association between family structure and adolescent sexual behaviors, we still know very little about the specific mechanisms through which parents' marital status affects the sexual activities...
The Three Corners of Domestic Labor: Mothers', Fathers', and Children's Weekday and Weekend Housework
Feminist scholars concur that the family is one of the primary settings in which gender is constructed (Ferree, 1990); West & Zimmerman, 1987). One of the visible signs of this process is the way in which family work is divided among family members....
Why Does Military Combat Experience Adversely Affect Marital Relations?
Using data on 2,101 Vietnam veterans, we investigate the ways in which combat decreases marital quality and stability. We test three models: (a) Factors that propel men into combat also make them poor marriage material; (b) combat causes problems such...

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