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. 1, February

African American Grief
African American Grief. Paul C. Rosenblatt & Beverly R. Wallace. New York: Routledge. 2005. 193 pp. ISBN 0-4159-5151-8. $90.00 (hardback).Grief is the most incapacitating experience in the human experience. For African Americans, grief takes on a...
A Push toward Equality: Processes among Dual-Career Newlywed Couples in Collectivist Culture
This study examines gender construction among dual-career newlywed couples in a collectivist culture. A qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with 20 heterosexual Singaporean couples reveals aspects of the collectivist norms (e.g., doing family,...
Child Care and Development: Results from the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development
Child Care and Development: Results From the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development. The NICHD Early Child Care Research Network (Eds.). New York: Guilford Press. 2005. 474 pp. ISBN 1-5938-5138-3. $48.00 (hardcover). ISBN 1-5938-5287-8....
Family Structure, Father Involvement, and Adolescent Behavioral Outcomes
Research has shown that living away from one's biological father is associated with a greater risk of adverse child and adolescent outcomes; yet, the role of the father-child relationship in understanding this association has not been directly investigated....
Feeling Caught between Parents: Adult Children's Relations with Parents and Subjective Well-Being
Research on divorce has found that adolescents' feelings of being caught between parents are linked to internalizing problems and weak parent-child relationships. The present study estimates the effects of marital discord, as well as divorce, on young...
How Dual Are Dual-Income Couples? Documenting Change from 1970 to 2001
Using Current Population Survey data for 1970, 1980, 1990, and 2001 (N = 73,001), we document change in the prevalence of couples where (a) the wife contributes less than 40% of the family income, (b) income contributions are relatively equal, and (c)...
Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood
Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood. Steven Mintz. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2004. 445 pp. ISBN 0-6740-1508-8. $29.95 (cloth).Steven Mintz's sweeping history of American childhood, covering the 400-year span from the colonial...
Intermarriages between Western Women and Palestinian Men: Multidirectional Adaptation Processes
This article addresses cultural adaptation of Western-Palestinian intermarried couples. Using in-depth interviews, information was gathered from 16 participants, 7 Western women and 9 Palestinian men, living in Palestinian cities in the West Bank. Adaptation...
Lesbian Couples' Relationship Quality across the Transition to Parenthood
The transition to parenthood is a time of stress for many couples. Most research on the transition to parenthood has been conducted with middle-class, heterosexual couples. The current study uses multilevel modeling to examine predictors of change in...
On the Frontier of Adulthood: Theory, Research, and Public Policy
On the Frontier of Adulthood: Theory, Research, and Public Policy. Richard A. Settersten, Jr., Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr., & Rubén G. Rumbaut (Eds.), Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 2005. 591 pp. ISBN 0-2267-4889-8. $45.00 (cloth).This timely...
Parent-Adolescent Involvement: The Relative Influence of Parent Gender and Residence
The 1995 wave of the Add Health study is used to investigate the relative influence of parent gender and residence on patterns of parental involvement with adolescents. Adolescent reports (N = 17,330) of shared activities, shared communication, and relationship...
Parental After-School Stress and Psychological Well-Being
The mismatch between employed parents' work schedules and their children's school schedules creates the structural underpinning for an as-yet-unstudied stressor, namely, parental after-school stress, or the degree of parents' concern about their children's...
Parents and Peers in Relation to Early Adolescent Problem Behavior
Concurrent and prospective associations between parent-youth dyadic hostility and adolescent externalizing and internalizing problem behavior were examined in a sample of 416 families. Parenting control, parents' well-being, and youths' affiliation with...
Partner Choice and the Differential Retreat from Marriage
The contemporary retreat from marriage in the United States has had a differential impact across socioeconomic and racial groups. Here, 1990 marriage rates and propensities for Virginia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin are analyzed regarding (a) the likelihood...
Racial Differences in Sexual and Fertility Attitudes in an Urban Setting
Using data from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (neighborhood N = 77; individual N = 951), we consider the extent to which African American youth maintain sexual and fertility-related norms that support early sexual activity...
Saving Performance in Individual Development Accounts: Does Marital Status Matter?
Research indicates that marriage has a large effect on reducing the risk of poverty and is associated with a higher probability of attaining affluence over the life course when compared with nonmarriage. Using data from the American Dream Demonstration...
Taking Pressure off Families: Child-Care Subsidies Lessen Mothers' Work-Hour Problems
We use the Philadelphia Survey of Child Care and Work to model the effect of child-care subsidies and other ecological demands and resources on the work hour, shift, and overtime problems of 191 low-income urban mothers. Comparing subsidy applicants...
The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined All Women
The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How It Has Undermined All Women. Susan J. Douglas & Meredith W. Michaels. New York: Free Press. 2004. 383 pp. ISBN 0-7432-5999-8. $15.00 (paper).This is a fun read. Susan Douglas (professor of communications...
The Political Values and Choices of Husbands and Wives
This article applies theoretical ideas in the literature on the household division of labor to the analysis of partners' political preferences. We regress men's and women's political party preferences on their own and their partners' characteristics...
The Relationship between Private Safety Nets and Economic Outcomes among Single Mothers
This article examines the relationship between private safety nets and economic outcomes among 2,818 low-income single mothers in three U.S. counties in the 1990s. I define private safety nets as the potential to draw upon family and friends for material...
Under Pressure: Gender Differences in the Relationship between Free Time and Feeling Rushed
Free time has the potential to reduce time pressures, yet previous studies paradoxically report increases in free time concurrent with increases in feeling rushed. Using U.S. time diary data from 708 individuals in 1975 and 964 individuals in 1998, we...
Women's Changing Attitudes toward Divorce, 1974-2002: Evidence for an Educational Crossover
This article examines trends in divorce attitudes of young adult women in the United States by educational attainment from 1974 to 2002. Women with 4-year college degrees, who previously had the most permissive attitudes toward divorce, have become more...
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