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. 72, No. 4, August

Are Divorce Studies Trustworthy? the Effects of Survey Nonresponse and Response Errors
Researchers rely on relationship data to measure the multifaceted nature of families. This article speaks to relationship data quality by examining the ramifications of different types of error on divorce estimates, models predicting divorce behavior,...
Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse
Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse. Hillary Potter. New York: New York University Press. 2008. 273 pp. ISBN 9700814767306. $23.00 paper.Battle Cries is Hillary Potter's analysis of interviews with 40 Black women who have left their...
Capital at Home and at School: A Review and Synthesis
Human, financial, and social capital from several contexts affects child and adolescent well-being. Families and schools are among the most important, and research is increasingly studying how effects of capital across such contexts affect child and...
Conflict Resolution in Mexican-Origin Couples: Culture, Gender, and Marital Quality
This study examined associations between Mexican-origin spouses' conflict resolution strategies (i.e., nonconfrontation, solution orientation, and control) and (a) gender-typed qualities and attitudes, (b) cultural orientations, and (c) marital quality...
Consequential Strangers: The Power of People Who Don't Seem to Matter ... but Really Do
Consequential Strangers: The Power of People Who Don't Seem to Matter ... But Really Do. Melinda Blau and Karen L. Fingerman. New York: Norton. 2009. 298 pp. ISBN 9780393067033. $28.95 cloth.Consequential Strangers is a well-selected title. It is catchy...
Coping with Overload and Stress: Men and Women in Dual-Earner Families
This study tested gender differences in a model positing relationships between work and family demands, overload, 4 coping mechanisms, and stress. The coping mechanisms were hypothesized to moderate the relationship between overload and stress. The sample...
Educational Progress and Parenting among Mexican Immigrant Mothers of Young Children
This study examined the potential for educational investments in Mexican immigrant mothers to enhance their management of their children's pathways through the educational system in the United States, which often disadvantages them. We tested this hypothesis...
Migration Decisions within Dual-Earner Partnerships: A Test of Bargaining Theory
This article focuses on the problems faced by dual-earner partnerships arising from the regional coordination of the partners' careers. It is still unknown whether the fact that couples are less mobile than singles is caused by homogeneous preferences...
Nonstandard Work Schedules and Partnership Quality: Quantitative and Qualitative Findings
This article questions existing findings and provides new evidence about the consequences of nonstandard work schedules on partnership quality. Using quantitative couple data from The Netherlands Kinship Panel Study (NKPS) (N = 3,016) and semistructured...
Older Parent - Child Relationships in Six Developed Nations: Comparisons at the Intersection of Affection and Conflict
Intergenerational solidarity and ambivalence paradigms suggest that emotional relationships between generations consist of both positive and negative sentiments. We applied latent class analysis to measures of affection and conflict in 2,698 older parent...
Parent - Child Coresidence: Who Moves in with Whom and for Whose Needs?
Using administrative data on all adult children living in The Netherlands age 30-40 and their parents (N = 1,999,700), we investigated the extent to which situations and events associated with the support needs and privacy needs of either generation...
Poverty and Material Hardship in Grandparent-Headed Households
Using the 2001 Survey of Income and Program Participation, the current study examines poverty and material hardship among children living in 3-generation (n = 486), skipped-generation (n = 238), single-parent (n = 2,076), and 2-parent (n = 6,061) households....
Psychosocial Well-Being and the Relationship between Divorce and Children's Academic Achievement
As an unprecedented number of children live in families experiencing divorce, researchers have developed increasingly complex explanations for the consequences associated with marital dissolution. Current accounts focus on changes to family finances,...
Religion in Families, 1999-2009: A Relational Spirituality Framework
This review examines the role of religion, for better and worse, in marital and parent - child relationships according to peer-reviewed studies from 1999 to 2009. A conceptual framework of relational spirituality is used (a) to organize the breadth of...
The Couple That Prays Together: Race and Ethnicity, Religion, and Relationship Quality among Working-Age Adults
A substantial body of research has shown that relationship quality tends to be (a) lower among racial and ethnic minorities and (b) higher among more religious persons and among couples in which partners share common religious affiliations, practices,...
The Timing of Cohabitation and Engagement: Impact on First and Second Marriages
Using a multistate sample of marriages that took place in the 1990s, this study examined associations between premarital cohabitation history and marital quality in first (N = 437) and second marriages (N = 200) and marital instability in first marriages...
Work-Related Health Limitations, Education, and the Risk of Marital Disruption
Despite progress in identifying the covariates of divorce, there remain substantial gaps in the knowledge. One of these gaps is the relationship between health and risk of marital dissolution. I extend prior research by examining the linkages between...
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