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. 3, June

A Population-Based Study of Alcohol Use in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Unions
Different-sex married individuals experience greater longevity and lower morbidity relative to different-sex cohabiting individuals (Carr & Springer, 2010; Liu & Reczek, 2012) in part because of the married individuals' lower rates of risky behaviors,...
Cohabitation, Relationship Quality, and Desistance from Crime
In the past 30 years, the structure of adult family relationships in the United States has changed dramatically: Marriage rates have declined steadily, whereas the popularity of cohabitation has soared (Bramlett & Mosher, 2002; Bumpass & Sweet,...
Family Experiences of Competition and Adolescent Performance
Competition is intricately woven into the structural fabric of U.S. schooling; grades and extracurricular activities are aspects of the educational system where adolescents can differentiate themselves. Recent research suggests that messages about the...
Generous or Greedy Marriage? A Longitudinal Study of Volunteering and Charitable Giving
Although many scholars have long assumed that marriage is good for society, a recent debate has arisen within the field of family studies over whether marriage is a "generous" or "greedy" institution in how it affects married people's interactions with...
Grasping the Diversity of Cohabitation: Fertility Intentions among Cohabiters across Europe
Nonmarital childbearing has increased in most European countries as well as in the United States and Canada largely because of increasing births to cohabiting couples (Kennedy & Bumpass, 2008; Kiernan, 2001; Raley, 2001). Nowadays, about half of...
High Educational Aspirations among Pregnant Adolescents Are Related to Pregnancy Unwantedness and Subsequent Parenting Stress and Inadequacy
The transition to motherhood is a major life event that involves a reorganization of goals, priorities, and self-perceptions in efforts to successfully incorporate the new role of mother into one's self-identity and "life space" (Rubin, 1984). Such preparatory...
How to Deal with Moral Tales: Constructions and Strategies of Single-Parent Families
The rise in single-parent families by way of increases in divorce and nonmarital childbearing has been one of the most strongly pronounced trends in family behavior over the past decades. Correspondingly, surveys indicate a certain extent of liberalization...
Husbands' Participation in Housework and Child Care in India
A wealth of sociological research has found that men's and women's earnings in the labor market are significant predictors of the gendered division of housework. Much of this work supports bargaining, or relative resources, theory, which holds that individuals...
Marital Discord and Subsequent Dissolution: Perceptions of Nepalese Wives and Husbands
Over the past several decades, populations outside of industrialized, Western settings have begun to adopt a new model of marriage that emphasizes personal fulfillment and happiness (Dion & Dion, 1993; Goode, 1970; Thornton, 2001). Accompanying this...
Marriage or Carriage? Trends in Union Context and Birth Type by Education
The American family landscape in the early 21st century is marked by a multiplicity of options for those contemplating childbearing. Because of normative, legal, and cultural shifts, first-time parents can and do choose familial arrangements other than...
Modern Traditionalism: Consanguineous Marriage in Qatar
Consanguineous marriage, or matrimony between biological relatives, is commonplace in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and rising in many of the region's countries (Weinreb, 2008). Approximately one third of all marriages in the MENA take place...
Parental Residential and Partnering Transitions and the Initiation of Adolescent Romantic Relationships
In an era of multiple and unstable relationships, early romantic bonds may be pivotal to our understanding of adult intimate relations. Ado- lescence sets the stage for later competencies and statuses during the transition into adult- hood (Steinberg...
Paternal Hostility and Maternal Hostility in European American and African American Families
Previous research suggests that hostile parenting behaviors (e.g., criticism, insults, arguments, shouting, hitting, threatening, and expressions of anger directed toward children; Taylor, Larsen- Rife, Conger, & Widaman, 2012) jeopardize the healthy...
Relationship Satisfaction Trajectories across the Transition to Parenthood among Low-Risk Parents
One thing is a certainty during the transition to parenthood: adjustment. Adjustment, however, does not inevitably mean change for the worse, and not all parents necessarily experience the transition in the same way (Belsky & Hsieh, 1998; Belsky...
The Decoupling of Marriage and Parenthood? Trends in the Timing of Marital First Births, 1945-2002
Dramatic changes in family formation behavior occurred over the second half of the 20th century in the United States. These shifts and their implications for child and adult well-being are well documented (e.g., Cherlin, 2010; Ellwood & Jencks, 2004;...
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