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. 76, No. 2, April

Age at Coresidence, Premarital Cohabitation, and Marriage Dissolution: 1985-2009
Rates of cohabitation have risen dramatically in theUnitedStatesoverthepastseveraldecades.A largebodyofresearchcoveringthe1970s-1990s found that marriages that followed cohabitation during those decades had a higher rate of divorce than marriages that...
Ambivalence in Older Parent-Adult Child Relationships: Mixed Feelings, Mixed Measures
Intergenerational ambivalence-mixed or contradictory feelings toward a family member in another generation-has been extensively investigated over the past decades using several different measurement methods; however, little consensus has emerged as to...
Does Grandparenting Pay off? the Effect of Child Care on Grandparents' Cognitive Functioning
Today, the lives of grandparents and those of their grandchildren overlap markedly in Western societies. As a consequence, grandparents play an active and supportive role within the family by taking care of grandchildren: Both in the United States and...
Estimating the Effects of Parental Divorce and Death with Fixed Effects Models
Since the mid-1960s, a large number of stud- ies from multiple disciplines have explored the effects of parental separation and divorce on children. This research has consistently demonstrated that children with divorced parents,comparedwithchildrenwithtwocontin-...
Family Policy and Fertility Intentions in 21 European Countries
The debate over whether policies influence childbearing decision making continues, and, in contexts of very low fertility, questions of how policies may support higher fertility are central to understanding future fertility patterns. Some comparative...
Intergenerational Exchange and Expected Support among the Young-Old
Recent medical advances have postponed but do not eliminate late-life infirmity (Fries, 2003). As peoplegetolder,theyultimatelyneedtoconfront the question of who will provide them with care and comfort. Past studies have shown that older adults' well-being...
Parenthood and Life Satisfaction: Why Don't Children Make People Happy?
One of the most frequently cited reasons for having children is the expectation of diverse emotional rewards of parenthood (Schoen, Kim, Nathanson, Fields, & Astone, 1997). Almost all empirical studies on the association between parenthood and subjective...
Paternal Incarceration and the Housing Security of Urban Mothers
Housing security has long been recognized as an integral component of the economic, physical, and emotional health and well-being of individuals and families (Bradley, Oliver, Richardson, & Slayter, 2001; Lee, Tyler, & Wright, 2010; Postmus,...
Perceptions of Equity, Balance of Support Exchange, and Mother-Adult Child Relations
Intergenerational exchange has been a cen- tral focus of research on parent-adult child relations for several decades, describing and explaining patterns of support and the role that such exchanges play in intergenerational relationship quality (Davey...
The Long-Term Effects of Building Strong Families: A Program for Unmarried Parents
In 2010, over 40% of U.S. births were to unmarried parents (Martin et al., 2012). Most of the parents were in romantic relationships when their children were born; about half were living together (Carlson, McLanahan, England, & Devaney, 2005; Sigle-Rushton...
The Transition to Parent Care: Costs, Commitments, and Caregiver Selection among Children
Current estimates indicate that around 20 mil- lion Americans provide care to their frail parents (Connidis, 2010; National Alliance for Caregiv- ing & AARP, 2009). Some of these caregivers share the responsibility equitably with their sib- lings...
Two Decades of Stability and Change in Age at First Union Formation
The landscape of union formation in the United States has been transforming as Americans wait longer to get married, and the median age at first marriage in the United States is at a historic high point (U.S. Census Bureau, 2011). Over the past two decades,...
"Where Have All the Good Men Gone?" Gendered Interactions in Online Dating
The tendency for spouses to resemble each other across a variety of valued social characteris- tics, including income, education, and health, is a strong and consistent finding among het- erosexual married Americans (Kalmijn, 1991; Schwartz & Mare,...
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