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. 71, No. 4, November

Communicative Correlates of Satisfaction, Family Identity, and Group Salience in Multiracial/Ethnic Families
Guided by the Common Ingroup Identity Model (S. L. Gaertner & J. F. Dovidio, 2000) and Communication Accommodation Theory (C. Shepard, H. Giles, & B. A. LePoire, 2001), we examined the role of identity accommodation, supportive communication,...
Economic Well-Being in Salvadoran Transnational Families: How Gender Affects Remittance Practices
This article examines how migrant parents' gender affects transnational families' economic well-being. Drawing on 130 in-depth interviews with Salvadoran immigrants in the United States and adolescent and young adult children of migrants in El Salvador,...
Effects of Welfare Participation on Marriage
We investigated the widely held premise that welfare participation causes women to refrain from marriage. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 3,219), we employed an event history approach to study transitions to marriage...
Family Structure History: Links to Relationship Formation Behaviors in Young Adulthood
Using data from three waves of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (H = 4,667), we examined the inter generational link between parental family structure history and relationship formation in young adulthood. We investigated (a) whether...
Household Composition among Elders in Sub-Saharan Africa in the Context of HIV/AIDS
Cross-sectional and repeated surveys from household components of Demographic and Health Surveys in sub-Saharan Africa were examined to determine whether household composition indicators for older adults (N = 52, 573), involving offspring and grandchildren,...
Intergenerational Experiences of Discrimination in Chinese American Families: Influences of Socialization and Stress
In this longitudinal study, we investigated the mechanisms by which Chinese American parents' experiences of discrimination influenced their adolescents' ethnicity-related stressors (i.e., cultural misfit, discrimination, attitudes toward education)....
Living Arrangements during Childrearing Years and Later Health of African American Mothers
Using longitudinal data from the Woodlawn Project (N = 680), this study examined how patterns of living arrangements among a community cohort of African American mothers were associated with later physical and emotional health. We identified eight patterns...
Male Pregnancy Intendedness and Children's Mental Proficiency and Attachment Security during Toddlerhood
Using a sample of biological resident fathers and their children from the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Birth Cohort (ECLS-B) 9-and 24-month surveys (N = 5,300), this study examines associations and the direct and indirect pathways through which...
National Context, Family Satisfaction, and Fairness in the Division of Household Labor
This study uses data from married women in 30 nations to examine justice processes involving perceptions of fairness of the division of household labor and satisfaction with family life. Relative deprivation theory suggests that national context-operationalized...
Parenting and Adolescents' Sexual Initiation
This study draws on social control and social learning theories to examine the role of dating-specific attitudes and practices as predictors of adolescents' sexual initiation. We include attention to the adolescent's reaction to control attempts as a...
Positive Marital Quality, Acculturative Stress, and Child Outcomes among Mexican Americans
Previous research suggests that the quality of parents' relationships can influence their children's adjustment, but most studies have focused on the negative effects of marital conflict for children in White middle-class families. The current study...
Religious Influences on the Risk of Marital Dissolution
This study examined multiple dimensions of religious involvement and the risk of divorce among a nationwide sample of 2,979 first-time married couples. Multivariate proportional hazards modeling was used to analyze two waves of the National Survey of...
Sexual Frequency and the Stability of Marital and Cohabiting Unions
Prior research found that lower sexual frequency and satisfaction were associated with higher rates of divorce, but little research had examined the role of sexual activity in the dissolution of cohabiting unions. We drew upon social exchange theory...
Stay for the Children? Husband Violence, Marital Stability, and Children's Behavior Problems
Much research has argued for the existence of a marriage benefit to men, women, and children. Although the commonly suggested current response to a husband's violence has been for the couple to separate, traditionally women were often told to "stay for...
Stepfamily Formation: Implications for Adolescent Ties to Mothers, Nonresident Fathers, and Stepfathers
This study examines how the entrance of a stepfather influences adolescent ties to mothers and nonresident fathers and how prior ties to each biological parent influence the development of stepfather-stepchild ties. Data come from 1,753 adolescents in...
The Link between the Marital Bond and Future Triadic Family Interactions
This study examined how the marital bond, as indexed through the Oral History Interview (OHI), is related to future triadic family interactions. Families (N = 108), with a 7-9-year-old child, participated in a longitudinal study (the Family Health Project)...
The Role of Perceived Maternal Favoritism in Sibling Relations in Midlife
Data were collected from 708 adult children nested within 274 later-life families from the Within-Family Differences Study to explore the role of perceived maternal favoritism in the quality of sibling relations in midlife. Mixed-model analyses revealed...
The Social Relations Model in Family Studies: A Systematic Review
The Social Relations Model (SRM) allows for examination of family relations on three different levels: the individual level (actor and partner effects), the dyadic level (relationship effects), and the family level (family effect). The aim of this study...
Unpacking Racial Socialization: Considering Female African American Primary Caregivers' Racial Identity
The relationship between female African American primary caregivers' racial identity and their racial socialization emphases was examined. Three components of racial identity were evaluated: (1) the importance of race to the self-concept (centrality),...
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