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. 78, No. 4, August

Comparing Parents of Children with Down Syndrome at Different Life Span Stages
Understanding changes in coping and satisfaction (life and relationship satisfaction) is important given the fluctuations in well-being for parents of children across the life span. In general, a U-shaped curve has been found for psychological well-being...
Consequences of Dating for Post-Divorce Maternal Well-Being
Repartnering after divorce is linked to better psychological and physical health outcomes for mothers, as it helps to alleviate the negative effects associated with post-divorce stress (Amato, 2000; Anderson & Greene, 2005; Hetherington, 2003; Skew,...
Coordination Tasks and Negotiation Modes of Linked Lives in Entrepreneurial Families
Two young men rush to a hotel room where their father awaits them. They enter a room lit only by candles. There the father presents each of them a signet ring bearing the family's crest. It has been mere weeks since their youngest brother, who had hoped...
Differences in Family Norms for Men and Women across Europe
In recent decades, the centrality of marriage has declined, and the link between marriage and childbearing and childrearing has weakened. Nonmarital cohabitation, having children in cohabitation, and divorce all have become more common (Amato & James,...
Educational Gradients in Parents' Child-Care Time across Countries, 1965-2012
The time parents devote to child care is important. Children benefit from parental interaction, notably in terms of academic achievement (Bernal & Keane, 2011; Hill, Waldfogel, Brooks-Gunn, & Han, 2005), cognition (Lugo-Gil & Tamis-LeMonda,...
Explaining Gender Inequalities That Follow Couple Migration
In the past two decades, the migration of couples has received considerable attention in the field of mobility research. Researchers have been particularly puzzled by the persisting gender inequalities in the outcomes of job-related migration among couples....
Factors Associated with Perceptions of Family Belonging among Adolescents
Adolescence is a critical point in the life course for accomplishing key developmental tasks. As children grow into adolescence, they desire greater autonomy and spend increasing amounts of time with peers (Furstenberg, 2000). Parent-child conflict tends...
Father's Migration and Leaving the Parental Home in Rural Mozambique
Adolescence is a "demographically dense" (Rindfuss, 1991) stage of the life course-a period when individuals may enter and exit school, begin working for pay, take on new domestic responsibilities, form sexual and romantic relationships, marry or cohabit,...
Greedy Spouse, Needy Parent: The Marital Dynamics of Gay, Lesbian, and Heterosexual Intergenerational Caregivers
Adult children undertake nearly half of the daily caregiving labor performed for aging adults (Pinquart & Sörensen, 2011; Seltzer & Bianchi, 2013; Swartz, 2009). Although parental caregiving can be rewarding, it is also highly stressful and time...
History of Childhood Abuse and Intergenerational Support to Mothers in Adulthood
Life course researchers have stressed that parental childhood abuse can have a long-lasting impact on the victim throughout the life course. Child abuse is defined as "Any recent act or failure to act on the part of a parent or caretaker which results...
Household Disorder, Network Ties, and Social Support in Later Life
There's no place like home. Most people spend most of their time at home, making it a key context for daily life. The household provides the backdropforsomeofthemostlong-standingand meaningful relationships in individuals' lives, and it sets the stage...
My Pride and Joy? Predicting Favoritism and Disfavoritism in Mother-Adult Child Relations
BackgroundThe role of within-family differences in the relationship between parents and their young children has been of substantial interest to developmental psychologists since the early 1980s (Jenkins, Rasbash, Leckie, Gass, & Dunn, 2012; McHale,...
Parenting Style and Adolescent Externalizing Behaviors: The Moderating Role of Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia
Recent theoretical and empirical work suggests that children who are more sensitive to the environment will thrive in supportive environments but will struggle in adverse ones. Conversely, children who are less sensitive to the environment do not benefit...
Repartnering after Union Dissolution in Later Life
With the rise of divorce and cohabitation, repartnering has become a commonplace event in the life course (Wu & Schimmele, 2005). The literature on repartnering is, however, small and dated and centered on remarriage. Few studies have considered...
Residential Instability, Family Support, and Parent-Child Relationships among Ethnically Diverse Urban Families
Parent-child relationships are fundamental for healthy child development. Relationships characterized by high warmth and low conflict foster better school performance, higher self-esteem, lower depression, and fewer behavior problems among children of...
Romantic Relationship Commitment Behavior among Emerging Adult African American Men
Both theory and empirical research have focused on the ways in which emerging adult romantic relationships unfold over time. By late adolescence and emerging adulthood, many relationships become steady, exclusive, and characterized by high levels of...
The Combined Effect of Women's Neighborhood Resources and Collective Efficacy on IPV
BackgroundResearch has suggested that the likelihood of violent victimization in part is explained by neighborhood characteristics (Browning, Feinberg, & Dietz, 2004; Maimon & Browning, 2012; Sampson, Raudenbush, & Earls, 1997). And increasingly,...
The Gendered Division of Housework and Couples' Sexual Relationships: A Reexamination
Today's adults, especially those born after 1960, came of age during a period of great upheaval in expected family and work roles for men and women. They are the "children of the gender revolution" (Gerson, 2010). As adults, many seek to build families...
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