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. 70, No. 4, November

Adaptive Strategies, Gender Ideology, and Work-Family Balance among Dutch Dual Earners
Using questionnaire data on 149 Dutch dual-earner couples with young children participating in the European Famwork study, we examine how adaptive strategies and gender ideology relate to parents' perceived success in balancing work and family. Path...
Better Homes and Families: Housing Markets and Young Couple Stability in Sweden
I model the relationship between aspects of the housing market influenced by housing policy and couple stability for cohabiting couples in Sweden. Using data on 3,851 cohabiting couples obtained from the Swedish Family Survey of 1992, I examine the effects...
Bridal Pregnancy and Spouse Pairing Patterns in Japan
In this paper, we examine two aspects of recent increases in marriage preceded by pregnancy (bridal pregnancy) in Japan. Using information on 28,973 respondents to the Japanese National Fertility Surveys, we first demonstrate that increases in bridal...
Divorce, Race, and Military Service: More Than Equal Pay and Equal Opportunity
Several researchers have suggested that the persistently higher rate of divorce among Blacks may be due to hard-to-measure concepts such as culture or norms. To attack this problem, we use data from the NLSY-79 to examine the risk of divorce among enlisted...
Early Marriage in the United States
Despite drastic changes in the American family, a significant minority of Americans marry early. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N = 14,165), this study evaluates the prevalence and antecedents of early marriage...
Family Cohesion in the Lives of Mexican American and European American Parents
This study investigated similarities and differences in relations between stress and parenting behaviors for 509 Mexican American and European American fathers and mothers in Southern California. Our model posited that family cohesion mediates the relation...
Gendered Expectations? Reconsidering Single Fathers' Child-Care Time
We take a fresh look at an important question in the sociology of gender and family: Do single fathers "mother"? We add to the theoretical debate by proposing that single fathers face competing interactional pressures, to simultaneously act like mothers...
Generative Ritual among Nonmetropolitan Lesbians and Gay Men: Promoting Social Inclusion
Generativity is typically studied as a normative adult inclination expressed through social roles (D.P. McAdams & E. de St. Aubin, 1992). We extend this research by examining generativity through the lenses of social marginality and ritual. Toward...
Longitudinal Patterns of Nonresident Fathers' Involvement: The Role of Resources and Relations
Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, we examined patterns of nonresident father involvement 1 and 3 years after a nonmarital birth (N = 893). Cluster analyses were used to determine patterns of involvement across different...
Marriage and Socioeconomic Change in Contemporary Indonesia
This study investigates the relationship between economic trends and entry into marriage in a rapidly developing setting. We examine Indonesian marriage in the 1990s, a decade of substantial economic growth followed by a sudden financial collapse in...
Migrant Remittances and Household Division: The Case of Nang Rong, Thailand
Using data from the Nang Rong Projects social survey (N = 4,989), this work examines the effect of migrant remittances on household splits in an agrarian district of Thailand, a developing country experiencing tremendous economic, demographic, and social...
Nonstandard Work Schedules, Perceived Family Well-Being, and Daily Stressors
Data from two studies assessed the effects of nonstandard work schedules on perceived family well-being and daily stressors. Study 1, using a sample of employed, married adults aged 25 - 74 (n = 1,166) from the National Survey of Midlife in the United...
Partnership Transitions and Mental Distress: Investigating Temporal Order
The study uses 15 waves of the British Household Panel Survey and the General Health Questionnaire to investigate changes in mental distress over several years surrounding transitions both into and out of marital partnerships (marriages and cohabitations)...
Promises They Can Keep: Low-Income Women's Attitudes toward Motherhood, Marriage, and Divorce
Using data on low-income mothers in Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio, we test three propositions regarding mothers' attitudes toward childbearing, marriage, and divorce. These are drawn from K. Edin and M. J. Kefalas (2005) but have also arisen in other...
Responsiveness in Parent-Adolescent Relationships: Are Influences Conditional? Does the Reporter Matter?
This paper examines conditional and reporter effects of parental responsiveness using survey data from White 8th to 12th graders (N = 440) and their parents (N = 511). Adolescent reports of maternal and paternal responsiveness predicted higher GPAs,...
Serial Cohabitation and the Marital Life Course
Using cohort data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, this paper tracks the experiences of serial cohabitors. Results indicate that only a minority of cohabiting women (about 15% 20%) were involved in multiple cohabitations. Serial cohabitations...
Social Fathers and Child Well-Being
Many young children born to unwed parents currently live with their biological mothers and their mothers' new partners (social fathers). This study uses data from the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Study (N = 1,350) to assess whether involvement...
Subsidized Housing and Household Hardship among Low-Income Single-Mother Households
We investigate associations of housing assis- tance with housing and food-related hardship among low-income single-mother households using data from the National Survey of Ameri- ca's Families (N = 5,396). Results from instru- mental variables models...
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