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. 66, No. 2, May

A Different Shade of Gray: Midlife and beyond in the Inner City
A Different Shade of Gray: Midlife and Beyond in the Inner City. Katherine S. Newman. New York: The New Press. 2003. 306 pp. ISBN 1-56584-615-X. $29.95 (cloth).Katherine Newman's book examines a long-neglected group within the inner city: minorities...
Consequences of Male Partner Violence for Low-Income Minority Women
The current study used a random sample of 563 low-income women to text Johnson's (1995) theory that there are two major forms of male-partner violence, situational couple violence and intimate terrorism, which are distinguished in terms of their embeddedness...
Divorced Parents' Qualitative and Quantitative Reports of Children's Living Arrangements
We use data from a sample of divorced parents in Wisconsin (N = 1,392) to examine how parents describe their children's living arrangements. When the children spend substantial time in both parents' homes, both parents are less likely to use the phrase...
Exercise Time: Gender Differences in the Effects of Marriage, Parenthood, and Employment
Using data from a supplement to the 1995 National Health Interview Survey, this article examines the relationship among three major work and family roles-marriage, parenthood, and employment-and time spent on exercise among American men and women ages...
Explaining the Gender Gap in Help to Parents: The Importance of Employment
Although it is well established that adult daughters spend more time giving assistance to their parents than do sons, the sources of this gender gap are not well understood. This paper asks: To what extent can this gap be explained by structural variation,...
Family Structure and Child Well-Being: The Significance of Parental Cohabitation
Data from the 1999 National Survey of America's Families (N = 35,938) were used to examine the relationship between family structure and child well-being. I extended prior research by including children in two-biological-parent cohabiting families, as...
Flat Broke with Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform
Flat Broke with Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform. Sharon Hays. New York: Oxford. 2003. 304 pp. ISBN 0-1951-3288-2. $30.00 (cloth).For over 3 years, Sharon Hays hung around welfare offices and visited the homes of welfare clients to discover...
Gender and Computers: Understanding the Digital Divide
Gender and Computers: Understanding the Digital Divide. Joel Cooper & Kimberlee Weaver. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 2003. 168 pp. ISBN: 0-8058-4427-9. $19.95 (paper). ISBN: 0-8058-4426-0. $45.00 (hardcover).As part of a psychology experiment,...
Girls' Family Labor in Low-Income Households: A Decade of Qualitative Research
This article analyzes a decade of qualitative research to identify and explore an overlooked survival strategy used in low-income families: children's family labor. Defined as physical duties, caregiving, and household management responsibilities, children's-most...
Interethnic Relationships: The Role of Social Network Diversity
We examine the degree to which ethnic diversity in social networks relates to the frequency of interethnic romantic relationships for 318 college students. In a multinomial logit, we find that the odds of having an interethnic relationship once or twice,...
Legacy Volunteering: A Test of Two Theories of Intergenerational Transmission
Sociological theory suggests two reasons that volunteering runs in families. The first is that parents act as role models. The second is that parents who volunteer pass on the socioeconomic resources needed to do volunteer work. Panel data from two generations...
Making Care Work: Employed Mothers in the New Child Care Market
Making Care Work: Employed Mothers in the New Child Care Market. Lynet Uttal. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press. 2002. 208 pp. ISBN 0-8135-311-X. $22.00 (paper).Although numerous articles and books have examined the increased rates of employment...
Marriage and Modernization: How Globalization Threatens Marriage and What to Do about It
Marriage and Modernization: How Globalization Threatens Marriage and What to Do About It. Don S. Browning. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company. 2003.272 pp. ISBN 0-8028-1112-4. $30.00 (paper).It is Don Browning's contention that...
Pathways among Marital Distress, Parental Symptomatology, and Child Adjustment
A community sample of 295 mothers, fathers, and children (M age = 11.14 years, SD = 2.52 years) rated marital distress, maternal and paternal psychological symptoms, and child adjustment. The predicted direct relations between these family and child...
Playing Well with Others in Kindergarten: The Benefit of Siblings at Home
There are many reasons to expect that children gain something by growing up with siblings, yet there is surprisingly scant evidence of this advantage. Indeed, the vast majority of research assessing the consequences of siblings reports negative effects:...
Predicting Spouses' Perceptions of Their Parenting Alliance
This study used marital- and individual-level variables to predict spouses' perceived parenting alliance. One hundred married couples completed measures of parenting alliance, marital consensus, marital power, and depression. Analyses revealed that marital...
Social Capital and the Interplay of Families and Schools
Families and schools are two primary sources of social capital in the early life course. This study examines the degree to which these different contexts overlap to shape adolescent development. Multilevel modeling on nationally representative data (n...
Social Support Networks and Loneliness among Elderly Jews in Russia and Ukraine
The collapse of the Soviet Union had devastating consequences for the lives of its population, especially for older adults, many of whom became impoverished and were left with no social support. Using data from a survey of 2,579 elderly Jews in two of...
Status Compatibility, Physical Violence, and Emotional Abuse in Intimate Relationships
This article analyzing national data (N = 7,408) examines the connection between men's and women's relative economic contributions in families and the risk of husband-to-wife physical violence and emotional abuse. Family violence researchers have conceptualized...
The Effects of Work Demands and Resources on Work-to-Family Conflict and Facilitation
This article uses a differential salience-comparable salience approach to examine the effects of work demands and resources on work-to-family conflict and facilitation. The analysis is based on data from 1,938 employed adults living with a family member...
The Family-Friendly Community and Its Life Course Fit for Dual-Earner Couples
Much is known about family-friendly workplaces. This article examines the less understood family-friendliness of the communities in which dual-earner couples reside. Using data from a representative sample of dual-earner couples (N = 727) in upstate...
The Process of Entering into Cohabiting Unions
Over one half of young adults have lived or will live with a partner before marriage. Many studies indicate that the majority of cohabitors plan to marry their partners, yet research examining relationship progression is rare. This article deciphers...
Understanding Marriage: Developments in the Study of Couple Interaction
Understanding Marriage: Developments in the Study of Couple Interaction. Patricia Noller & Judith A. Feeney. (Eds.). Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press. 2002. 572 pp. ISBN 0-521-80370-5. $70.00 (cloth).This collection represents an important...
We're Decent People: Constructing and Managing Family Identity in Rural Working-Class Communities
Using grounded theory methodology, I establish family identity management as an important type of invisible work that connects women's household-based domestic activities with community members' perceptions and treatment of them and their family members....
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