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. 68, No. 5, December

Are the Negative Effects of Divorce on Well-Being Dependent on Marital Quality?
We test the so-called escape hypothesis, which argues that for people from a poor marriage, a divorce has a less negative or even a positive effect on well-being. In an analysis of two waves of the National Survey of Families and Households (N = 4,526),...
Comparing Analytic Techniques to Classify Dyadic Relationships: An Example Using Siblings
Several methods exist for typologizing dyadic relationships. The present study reviews the utility of methods for typologizing relationships, exploring the strengths and weaknesses of 3 different approaches, and applying them to the study of adolescent...
Disentangling Value Similarities and Transmissions in Established Marriages: A Cross-Lagged Longitudinal Study
This study examined spousal value similarity and transmission across a 5-year period on four value orientations: traditional family values, self-determination, social criticism, and hedonism. Participants were 685 Dutch couples in established marriages....
Divorce and Adult Psychological Well-Being: Clarifying the Role of Gender and Child Age
Substantial evidence indicates that marital dissolution has negative consequences for adult well-being. Because most research focuses on the average consequences of divorce, we know very little about factors that moderate this association. The present...
Effects of Diverse Forms of Family Structure on Female and Male Homicide
Utilizing 2000 data on 1,618 counties and seemingly unrelated regression, I assess whether family structure effects on homicide vary across family structure measures and gender. There is evidence of robust, multidimensional family structure effects across...
Identity Transformation and Family Caregiving: Narratives of African American Teen Mothers
This article explores connections between informal caregiving and identity transformation as experienced by pregnant teens. Based on in-depth interviews with 51 African American teen mothers, the article examines teens' pregnancy narratives as an example...
Intentional Families: Fictive Kin Ties between Cross-Gender, Different Sexual Orientation Friends
This study explores the nature of intentional family relationships between friends of different genders and different sexual orientations. Drawing on in-depth interviews with 46 members of 23 friendship dyads, I first make the case that the friends considered...
Maternal Employment, Nonparental Care, Mother-Child Interactions, and Child Outcomes during Preschool Years
This study examines the relationships between maternal employment, nonparental care, mother-child interactions, and preschoolers' outcomes. Data from the Canadian National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (N = 1,248) show that maternal employment...
Not Crossing the "Extra Line": How Cohabitors with Children View Their Unions
I use qualitative interview data from a sample of 44 cohabiting couples who have children together to investigate how they view their unions and how the presence of children influences the meanings they attach to them. I find most cohabiting parents...
Parental Expertise, Trustworthiness, and Accessibility: Parent-Adolescent Communication and Adolescent Risk Behavior
A communication framework of persuasion and attitude change was utilized to analyze parent-adolescent communication about adolescent risk behavior. Three parent dimensions were deemed important: (a) perceived expertise, (b) perceived trustworthiness,...
Parenting Practices and Adolescents' Friendship Networks
Using data on 11,044 adolescents from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, we examine the relationship between parenting practices and the composition of an adolescent's friendship network. In general, parent-child relationship quality,...
Parent-to-Child Aggression among Asian American Parents: Culture, Context, and Vulnerability
We examined correlates of lifetime parent-to-child aggression in a representative sample of 1293 Asian American parents. Correlates examined included nativity, indicators of acculturation, socioeconomic status, family climate, and stressors associated...
Risk and Resilience: Adaptations in Changing Times
Risk and Resilience: Adaptations in Changing Times. Ingrid Schoon. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2006. 242 pp. ISBN 0-521-83374-4. $90.00 (hardback)In her new book, Ingrid Schoon sheds new insights into a topic long of interest to developmentalists,...
Spousal Abuse among Immigrants from Ethiopia in Israel
This ethnographic study obtains first-hand information on spousal abuse from Ethiopian immigrants in Israel. Data include 23 interviews with male and female immigrants of various ages and 10 professionals who worked with this community as well as observations...
The Declining Significance of Gender?
The Declining Significance of Gender? Francine D. Blau, Mary Brinton, & David B. Grunsky (Eds.). New York: The Russell Sage Foundation. 2006. 296 pp. ISBN 0-87154092-4. $39.95 (hardback).This new collection assesses the degree to which the United...
The Division of Household Labor in Germany and Israel
We compare the patterns of household division of labor in Germany and Israel-two countries that share key elements of the corporatist welfare regime but differ in their gender regimes-and evaluate several hypotheses using data from the 2002 International...
The Meanings of Marital Equality
The Meanings of Marital Equality. Scott R. Harris. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press. 2006. 193 pp. ISBN 0-79146621-3. $61.50 (cloth). ISBN 0-7914-6622-1. $21.95 (paperback).In the opening pages of his book, The Meanings of Marital Equality,...
The Relationship Context: Its Effects on Low-Income Women's Desire for a Baby
Little is known about the influence of relationship characteristics on a woman's desire for a baby with her partner. This study addresses that gap, using data from a study of 1,114 low-income women in the southeast who were in a relationship. Controlling...
Who Decides? the Social Characteristics of Who Initiates Marital Separation
This study investigates gender differences in the associations between social characteristics and men's and women's reports of which spouse initiated marital separation. Using retrospective data on 9,147 first marriages from the Household Income and...
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