Michigan Family Review

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Vol. 18, No. 1, 2014

"After Months of It, You Just Want to Punch Someone in the Face": Stay-at-Home Fathers and Masculine Identities
"I bundle up Moira and KateAnd take them to ballet which is greatAnd I sit and read a book in the hallAnd mothers do not talk to me at all.They sit down at their end and I at mineAnd they glance my way from time to timeAnd those little glances really...
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Introduction: Special Issue on Choices and Challenges: Contemporary Families
The broad theme of this special issue of Michigan Family Review , "Choices and Challenges: Contemporary Families," was designed to reflect the diversity of contemporary family forms, the challenges families confront, and the contexts that shape the choices...
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Feeding the Communal Family: "Family Time" and the Division of Household Labor in Cohousing
Gathering around the family dinner table is a strongly-held value in American culture (Kremer-Sadlik, Fatigante, and Fasulo, 2008) and many positive effects of family meals have been documented in the literature (Davidson and Gauthier, 2010). At the...
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Meeting the Needs of Mothers and Families? Family Self-Sufficiency Programs and Goals of Homeownership
The theoretical and conceptual connections between homeownership and economic self-sufficiency are complicated. Generally, families are able to become homeowners because they are economically self-sufficient (Shlay, 1994). Economic self-sufficiency is...
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Vol. 17, No. 1, 2013

Introduction: Special Issue on Families and Disabilities
Articles featured in Volume 17 of Michigan Family Review focus on issues faced by families when a member, or members, have disabilities. Family researchers of disability have often focused on how physical (visible) disability affects family life and...
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Understanding Resource Needs of Persons with Dementia and Their Caregivers
In the year 2012, an estimated 15.4 million family members and friends provided 17.5 billion hours of unpaid care - valued at 216 billion dollars - to those with Alzheimer's and other dementias (Alzheimer's Association, 2013a). These statistics are profound...
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Learning Disabilities, Juvenile Delinquency and the Family: The Role of "Intensive Parenting"
Many scholars have examined the possible link and prevalence between learning disabilities and juvenile delinquency (Brier, 1989; Broder, Dunivant, Smith, & Sutton, 1981; Malmgren, Abbott, & Hawkins 1999; McNamara & Willoby, 2010; Morris...
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Vietnam in the Later Family: Self-Reported Symptoms and Interpretations of Posttraumatic Stress
"I just didn't fit in." This comment is typical of Vietnam War combat veterans who returned home "to sit in my mother's kitchen," often within days of firing at enemy soldiers (Kovach, 2006). This research reports on the phenomenological analysis of...
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Adult Children and Eldercare: The Moral Considerations of Filial Obligations
Beyond our evaluative practices (medical evaluations) and our practical reasoning (financial constraints, familial ties, logistics) are countless other constraints and assumptions about what is demanded, what is supererogatory, and what is harmful, in...
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Vol. 16, 2012

Social Factors Predicting Women's Consideration of Adoption
Although there is a great deal of discourse about adoption in the popular press (Margolis, Elkin, Nemtsova, Polier, & Lee, 2008; Katz, 2008), few empirical research studies have examined the specific predictors of adopting. It is important to note...
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The Culture of Poverty and Adoption: Adoptive Parent Views of Birth Families
Adoption and economic disparity are intertwined by who typically places their children for adoption and those who have the economic resources to adopt them (Quiroz, 2007a). The number of children placed for adoption is linked to factors such as political...
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Adopted Chinese Girls' Character Strengths from Preschool to School Age: A Longitudinal Exploratory Study
In an effort to understand human strength and resilience and promote positive individual traits across the lifespan, Seligman and Csikszentmihalyi (2000) called for the study of strengths and virtues. Brainstorming among leading positive psychologists,...
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Emotional Themes within International Adoption Children's Books
International adoption is a significant process for parents1 and children (Suter, 2008). In addition to the obvious change (one or more children are added to a family), adjustments might be made in physical and psychological space (Janning, Collins...
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Vol. 15, 2011

I Wanted a Fresh Start from Where I Was: Rural Low-Income Women's Experiences of Multiple Partnership Transitions
Rates of union disruption between romantic partners--whether through divorce, separation, or dissolution of cohabitation--are substantially higher in the United States than other Western countries (Cherlin, 2008). It is estimated that approximately 25%...
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Thematic Analysis of the Experiences of Wives Who Stay with Husbands Who Transition Male-to-Female
Gender Identity Disorder (GID), the clinical condition characterized by a pervasive feeling that one was born the wrong sex and the desire to live as other than the gender that was biologically assigned, affects about 1 in 12,000 to 45,000 natal males...
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Gender, Space, and Objects in Divorced Families
Scholars have conducted extensive research on the significance of divorce for children, adolescents, and young adults (e.g., Hetherington, 2002; Wallerstein, Lewis, & Blakeslee, 2000), and on how divorce differentially impacts sons and daughters,...
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Vol. 14, 2010

Editorial
EditorialAs the 14th volume of Michigan Family Review is published, I am pleased to offer an important (and often under examined) look at the intersection of teaching and mentoring family scholars and practitioners. I believe that if each of us were...
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Mentoring for Personal and Professional Success: Personal Reflections
Mentoring has both a narrow and a broad meaning. In the professional world, a mentor is a wise and experienced adviser--someone who supports us as we grow toward the full measure of our professional aspirations. Yet a mentor is also a counselor and teacher....
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Social Justice Mentoring: Preparing Family Therapsists for Social Justice Advocacy Work
Mentoring is an important component of the development of emerging professionals; however, within the field of family therapy mentoring has received little attention (Prouty, Lyness, & Helmeke, 2008). Although mentoring is not widely written about...
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Outsiders within the Academy: Strategies for Resistance and Mentoring African American Women
We, African American women professionals in higher education, make visible the continued presence of race and gender oppression, and the hegemony that supports systems of oppression within the academy (Dillard, 2000; Patton, 2004ab). Race and gender...
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Mentoring Undergraduates: Professors Strategically Guiding the Next Generation of Professionals
My own interest in mentoring began during my first year of college. As a naïve freshman, I was surprised when a faculty member approached me after a large lecture class and mentioned that he had read my last assignment and thought I had a lot of "academic...
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Perspectives on Supervision in Human Services: Gazing through Critizal and Feminist Lenses
Introductory ThoughtsFor many years, supervision has been a central tenant of the human services professions (e.g. psychology, counseling, social work), and as professional licensure has become more prominent supervision has been hailed as the space...
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Students as Practitioners in a Service Learning Context
IntroductionMentoring and teaching content can be powerful ways to enhance understanding and retention of course material for students (Amaral & Vala, 2009); however, developing useful mentoring experiences that incorporate course content can be...
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Using Debates on Family Issues with Undergraduate Students: The 5 R's Strategy for Promoting Skill Development and Attitude Change
Debates often are used as a teaching strategy in the fields of family science, psychology, sociology, political science, and social work. As a teaching strategy they hold promise as a tool to assist students in developing critical analysis skills. For...
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Innovation with Integrity: Preparing Parent Educators Online
We are living in an economic and social climate that is increasingly complex for families, with unparalleled demands placed on parents as individuals, and on their roles as caregivers and providers (Parlakian & Lerner, 2009). As such, there is a...
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Vol. 13, 2009

Introduction to Time and Families
In the preface to his book, Families & Time, Daly (2001) reflected on his work with young fathers and their children. From his research, he observed that these fathers often lamented about the scarcity of time with their children, wondering how they...
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Wrinkles in Parental Time with Children: Work, Family Structure, and Gender
The two key resources parents provide for their children are money and time (Thomson, Hanson, & McLanahan, 1994). Yet parental efforts to earn and provide money for their children inevitably require time committed to paid labor. These time commitments...
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Measuring Meaningful Time Experiences in Intergenerational Relationships
Contradictions often emerge between how adult family members would like to spend their time and how time in their daily lives is actually spent. Prior research indicates that individuals desire more quality time spent with loved ones, but that finding...
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Editor's Note: An Introduction
Editor's Note: An IntroductionMartin CoveyIn 2006 I assumed the editorship of Michigan Family Review from Libby Blume. I would like to take a moment to thank Dr. Blume for her support during my editorship of MFR. Libby has been a tremendous source of...
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Book Review
Book ReviewLuskin, F. & Pelletier, K. (2005). Stress Free for Good: 10 Scientifically Proven Life Skills for Health and Happiness. New York: HarperCollins.We live in an age and culture where the word "stress" has become a staple in our vocabulary....
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Vol. 12, 2007

Introduction: Work and Families
History can speak to us in the present by illuminating not only what has transpired in the past, but also how those events have shaped the present. History can provide feedback which not only affects how individuals interpret their present circumstances...
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Miles That Bind: Commuter Marriage and Family Strengths
Commuter marriages are characterized by one spouse being resident in the family home, often with work and child-care responsibilities, while the other spouse works and lives away from home for extended periods. This arrangement of family life poses unique...
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Occupation, Hours Worked, Caregiving, and Leisure Time Physical Activity
Many studies have found that caregivers tend to neglect their own health care needs (Acton, 2001; Castro, King, Bacak, Housemann, Gardiner, & Brownson, 2003; Janevic & Connell, 2001). This neglect comes in many forms, but one of considerable...
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Working but Poor: Perspectives from a Rural, African American Family
IntroductionWhile much attention has been focused on moving families beyond welfare, little attention has been given to the destination of many of those families. Research indicates that far from achieving self sufficiency, many join the ranks of the...
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Vol. 11, 2006

Introduction: Technology and Families
Technological advances have changed the way people live their lives. How business is transacted, how people shop for goods and services, how people learn, even how people read are just a few of the specific activities that have been affected by technology...
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Instant Messaging among Teens: An Exploratory Look at Gender and Time Usage
It is a classic image deeply entrenched in the mind of the 20th century American parent: an adolescent girl with a phone to her ear. Chatting with friends she left only moments ago, she paces the floor tethered to the wall by the 3-foot cord. In clear...
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Engaging Families Via the Internet: Process and Challenges
A number of questions evolve around the best mechanism for using technology to support families and give voice to their special needs and interests across the life course. In this article we describe the processes involved in developing a longitudinal...
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Book Review
Book ReviewVan Evra, Judith. (2004). Television and Child Development (3rd ed.). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. 278 pp. ISBN: 0-8058-4864-9.Almost since the inception of television, the question of its impact on children has been questioned...
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Deconstructing Laundry: Gendered Technologies and the Reluctant Redesign of Household Labor
In the opening decade of the 21st century, the performance of household tasks remains, for the most part, labor intensive and relegated to the realm of "women's work," consuming a great deal of women's time and energy. Research has long shown that the...
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Vol. 10, 2005

Introduction: Special Issue on Feminism and Family Life
Feminism has revolutionized the family field. Probably no field of study is more profoundly influenced by feminist thought. In the four decades since feminist scholars introduced a gendered understanding of family life, the field has absorbed feminist...
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More Good Times and Hard Times: Family Diversity in a Rural Michigan Community
Rural America is widely assumed to be a positive and wholesome environment for families. The experiences of the women studied here do not uniformly fit that optimistic construction. This study joins a significant literature that challenges the idealization...
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Familial Influence in the Autobiographies of Black South African and African American Women Activists
Feminist scholars have criticized social movement theory for its male bias in explaining and understanding resistance. This male bias leads theorists to focus on constructs such as organizational structure and networks, thereby ignoring women's methods...
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Conducting Multiracial Feminist Family Research: Challenges and Rewards of Recruiting a Diverse Sample
In order to fully understand families, sociologists must place race, class, gender, and sexuality at the center of their research. My graduate training in sociology guided me toward a feminist analysis of the intersections of race, class, and gender--what...
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"Staying at Home" versus "Working": A Call for Broader Conceptualizations of Parenthood and Paid Work
Every mother-to-be faces the decision of whether to participate in the paid work force while mothering or to disengage from the paid work force and make mothering her sole social role. Often this decision is portrayed in terms of whether one will be...
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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now: Wives' Participation in the Decision to Move for Their Spouses' Jobs
In the United States, there is a national job market for employment, especially professional or managerial employment. When looking for a job or being considered for advancement within a company, individuals are competing with other job seekers nationwide,...
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Book Reviews
Book ReviewsCoontz, Stephanie. (2005). Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage. New York:Viking/Penguin, 448 pp., ISBN 0-6700-3407-X, $25.95 hardcover.Stephanie Coontz masterfully executes a massive undertaking...
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Editor's Note: A Message of Thanks
Editor's Note: A Message of ThanksLibby Balter Blume [1]Michigan Family Review (MFR) is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary publication of MiCFR focused on professional application and scholarly inquiry. The main purpose of the Review is to publish articles...
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Vol. 9, 2004

Innovations in Family Practice: Context Matters
This first on-line edition of the Michigan Family Review focuses on diverse methods of practice with families. We have chosen a framework of family practice rather than family therapy (a) to highlight the importance of social, historical, and political...
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Family Therapy Meets Internal Medicine: Innovations in Medical Family Therapy
This article describes a growing area of the field of marriage and family therapy that is termed "medical family therapy" or "collaborative family health care." In short, this area involves collaborative approaches to health care in which health care...
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Genograms and African American Families: Employing Family Strengths of Spirituality, Religion, and Extended Family Network
The genogram is a valuable assessment tool used by social workers, therapists, counselors, and practitioners (Hartman & Laird, 1983; Hartman, 1995; McGoldrick & Gerson, 1985). Diagrammatically, the genogram is an intergenerational map of three...
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Rice Paddy to Kung Fool Mask: Race and Cultural Awareness in International and Transracial Adoption Communities
The transracial and adoption communities have looked to culture or heritage camps for the past 20 to 30 years as a way to celebrate their children's heritages and, more recently, to explore the complexities behind a multicultural family. Generally organized...
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Custodial Grandparent Families: Steps for Developing Responsive Health Care Systems
Grandparents raising grandchildren is not a new phenomenon. Elders have traditionally played important roles in family support and child rearing. The major differences are in the numbers--an over 60 percent increase during the 1990s--and in the social...
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Afterword: Challenges for Family Practitoners
Afterword: Challenges for Family PractitionersEdith A. Lewis, Guest EditorIn the preceding pages, contributors have offered glimpses of families engaged in the growing activity of transracial adoption, strategies for working with family members in a...
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Book Reviews
Book ReviewsDeParle, Jason (2004). American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation's Drive to End Welfare. New York: Viking/Penguin. 422 pp., ISBN 0-670-89275-0, $25.95.Heads up, family service providers. A new book about how families are surviving...
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Vol. 8, No. 1, 2003

Effects of Faith & Church Involvement on African American Female Adolescents
Many studies of African American adolescent females have focused on teenage promiscuity, pregnancy, or substance abuse. Of late, studies in the area of gang participation and drug use among this population have increased. Extensive research has been...
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Bring Tha' Noize: Hip-Hop, Black Families, and the Black Church
I remember the moment like it was yesterday. It was the summer of 1986, I had just finished watching a Rob Base and DJ Easy Roc video, and I bet $40 with my father over the impact of hip-hop culture. He said it was a fad that would disappear from the...
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Faith & Families
Faith and families reflect two of the oldest concepts--institutions, even--in human society. Faith and family life are both universal and diverse experiences. Anthropologists have found that a good way to understand a culture and what is deemed as the...
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Vol. 7, No. 1, 2002

Introduction: Families & Health Care
Describing the U. S. health care system and its impact on family health is no easy feat. Our health care system is fragmented (Shi & Singh, 2001), and has been called "a paradox of excess and deprivation" (Enthoven & Knonick, 1989). While some...
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"There Is a Balm ..." Spirituality & Healing among African American Women
Finding BalmThere is a balm in Gilead, to heal the sin-sick soul..--Negro spiritualMama Leslie is African American and a practicing traditional midwife--that is, one who use folk methods rather than nursing school training in her practice. She was 42...
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Addressing the HIV / AIDS Epidemic in Michigan & Beyond: The Importance of Needs Assessment & Context
For approximately the last twenty years, HIV/AIDS has been impacting individuals, their families, and the communities in which we all live and work. The people coping with this disease are our mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, aunts and uncles,...
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Book Reviews
Book ReviewsBraithwaite, Ronald L., & Taylor, Sandra E. (Eds.) (2001). Health Issues in the Black Community (2nd ed.). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. 528 pp., $55.00. ISBN: 0-7879-5236-2.Editors Ronald Braithwaite and Sandra Taylor, with a foreword...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, 2001

Statewide Testing: Problem or Solution for Failing Schools?
Nine-year-old Lamont is taking the state's 4th grade reading test, and it's clear that he's having trouble. With his head bobbing and nose pointing to each word in the passage, he scans back and forth, whispering aloud each of the words. When finished,...
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School Violence: Partnerships with Families for School Reform
Violence in schools has become an issue of public concern in the United States. School violence has been singled out nationally as a priority for education (Astor, et al., 1998, p. 230) School violence has been defined as including a range of behaviors,...
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Home Schooling: A Brief Review
The influence of culture, society, politics and the market economy creates a more complicated and confusing environment in which families live and grow. Not the least among these influences is the plethora of options currently available to families for...
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Vol. 5, No. 1, 2000

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Families in the United States at 2000
Increasingly, the good work being done for and about families is multidisciplinary and collaborative. An impressive number of disciplines are closely studying issues facing American families in 2000 and in the future, each contributing significantly...
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Program Resources: A Guide for Divorcing Parents
Program Resources: A Guide for Divorcing ParentsMichigan State University ExtensionDivorcing parents are frequently caught in a dilemma: While they know their children need them more than ever, they often find themselves less emotionally available. Instead,...
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Social Identity of Ethnic Minority Families: An Ecological Approach for the New Millennium
The thesis of this paper is that the social identity formed by many of our ethnic minority children, youth, and families is the consequence of being identified as a member of a negatively defined social group. Ethnicity is conceptualized as having a...
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The Times They Are A'Changing: The "American Family" and Family Law
The State of the American Family at the Cusp of the Millennium [3]The number of households in the United States continues to increase. Forty-four million were reported in the 1950s; currently there are 100 million. However, the households of the 1950s...
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Vol. 4, No. 1, 1999

Lifecourse Parenting: The Primary Intergenerational Relationship
The parent-child dyad is not only the first and primary intergenerational relationship, it is a microcosm of larger society. In this era of rapid social change, many of the challenges of contemporary family life are paralleled as multiple cohorts attempt...
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Grandparents as Parents: An Ecological Approach to Programming
Grandparents are being recycled as parents. Millions of grandparents have returned to the role of parent. Events such as divorce, loss of job or home, the death or incarceration of an adult child with children, or a teen pregnancy may abruptly propel...
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Introduction: Intergenerational Relationships in Today's Families
IntroductionIntergenerational Relationships in Today's FamiliesMargaret M. Bubolz, CoeditorSince the beginning of the family, connections between generations have been one of the most important social bonds in all societies. For centuries, in most cultures,...
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Our Elders, Our Roots: College Students and Immigrant Elders
The contemporary demographic transition resulting from decreasing fertility rates and increased life expectancy has created an incremental proportion of elderly persons within the overall population. As we approach the next millennium, professionals...
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Book Reviews
Book ReviewsHareven, Tamara K. (Ed.) 1996. Aging and Generational Relations: Life Course and Cross-Cultural Perspectives. New York: Aldine De Gruyter. ISBN 00202-30560-0. 300pp.Aging and Generational Relations is an edited collection of essays on the...
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Vol. 3, No. 1, 1997

Fatherhood and Motherhood in a Diverse and Changing World
In virtually every society, the care and feeding of children are tasks entrusted primarily to fathers and mothers. That this is true does not mean, however, that the role of being a parent has been the same in all times and all places. In the militaristic...
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Beyond the Myths: Paternal Values of Latino Fathers
As the Latino population becomes the largest minority group in the United States, it is critical that they become an integral part of all aspects of society. Increasingly, the well being of society will depend on the well being of this and other minority...
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Provisional Balances: Fathers' Perceptions of the Politics and Dynamics of Involvement in Family and Career Development
4. Christian Dunn is an undergraduate student, Department of Individual and Family Studies, University of Delaware.Contemporary literature often emphasizes the new "culture of fatherhood" (LaRossa, 1988), highlighting care giving and nurturant interactions...
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Book Reviews
Book ReviewsBryan, Mark (1997). The Prodigal Father: Reuniting Fathers and their Children. New York: Potter/Random House. ISBN 0-51770-617-2. 278 pp.Recent statistics show that 40% of the children of divorced parents have not seen their fathers in the...
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Vol. 2, No. 2, 1996

Introduction: From Welfare to Well Being
In Michigan, the percentage of families living in poverty in 1995 was 12.2%, a decrease from 14.1% in 1994 and 15.4% in 1993 (Schmid, 1996). The U.S. Census Bureau reported a similarly optimistic trend for the nation: The number of poor Americans dropped...
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Commentary: The Changing Dynamics of Work and Family
In the past decade there have been evolutionary changes in the social, political, and economic structure of the United States. This evolution has impacted both the family and the workplace as increasing numbers of people struggle to balance their work...
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Chronic Poverty and the Struggle for Family Survival: The Rhetoric and Reality of Welfare "Reform"
Right now I'm at the stage where everything is piling, bills and all little things. Little things are things that do it. I can't find a baby-sitter right now 'cos I can't pay her--I try to go get help from welfare and they tell me I make too much ......
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Urban Homelessness: Psychological Outcomes for Mothers and Children
Homelessness is a phenomenon that has been a part of the American lifestyle since colonial times. The meaning of homelessness has changed many times since the early years of the colonial settlements with different definitions emerging in response to...
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The Impact of Unemployment on Families
4. William S. Hoffman, Ph.D., is Director (retired), Michigan Health and Social Security Research Institute, International Union - United Auto Workers, Detroit, Michigan, 48214.From 1979 to 1984, more than 11.5 million workers lost their jobs because...
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Vol. 2, No. 1, 1996

Attacking Violence: Prevention and Intevervention
Family and community violence are serious problems throughout Michigan. A recent analysis by the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency found that arrests for violent crimes increased by 83% for adults and by 50% for juveniles in the decade between...
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Domestic Violence: The Role of the Health Care Professional
* Mindy was 17 years old and excited about life. Mindy was shot by her boyfriend and died in the driveway of her home. She had refused to continue dating him because he had been abusive. Though Mindy was "stalked" by her perpetrator, she felt he was...
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Biological Factors in Family Violence
Biologists have identified several distinct types of aggression which will be reviewed in this article. Consideration of the biological functions of these discrete forms may help family professionals to understand aggression as a whole and to analyze...
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Book Reviews
Book ReviewsCanada, Geoffrey (1995). Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America. Boston: Beacon Press. 179 pp. ISBN 0-8070-0422-7.Canada shares his childhood experiences in the South Bronx to support the theory that violence is learned...
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Vol. 1, 1995

Living and Dying: Family Decisions
We are pleased to introduce the inaugural issue of the Michigan Family Review (MFR). This new publication, sponsored by the Michigan Council on Family Relations, will provide a means of communication about current critical issues facing families in Michigan...
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Physician-Assisted Suicide: Family Issues
IntroductionThe publicity surrounding the activities of Dr. Jack Kevorkian since 1990 has brought physician-assisted suicide to the forefront as a medical-ethical issue in Michigan. Proponents of assisted suicide generally address the individual patient's...
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Breaking Bad News to Families of Hospitalized Patients
Breaking bad news to families In the hospital setting is one of the most difficult tasks facing health care professionals (HCP). Although HCPs face the delivery of bad news regularly, few have had formal training in this experience (Quill & Townsend,...
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Children's Concepts of Death
Children's Concepts of DeathDeath-related experiences are common in childhood, although many adults assume otherwise. Understanding death is an important issue for children, and they begin at an early age to try to understand it. Numerous studies have...
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