Journal of Comparative Family Studies

A journal emphasizing research concerning cross-cultural families for the academic audience.

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 3, Autumn

Combining Ethnographic and Survey Methods: A Study of the Nuptiality Patterns of the Shona of Zimbabwe
If anthropologists need to learn to be numerate, demographers need also to learn to be culturally aware. Africa offers many special problems to the demographers of which they are well aware (Ware, 1977:19). INTRODUCTION Recently, awareness has been...
Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Social Support System after Childbirth
INTRODUCTION It is well known that women do not only need support during childbirth, but also after childbirth in the weeks and months that follow. Postnatal support is generally not just restricted to financial and practical assistance, but involves...
Divorce in West Java
INTRODUCTION In the 1950s and 1960s, divorce rates were exceptionally high in various parts of the Malay world of Southeast Asia. At this time, Java and the Malaysian states of Kelantan and Trengganu appeared to have the highest rates of divorce in...
Fictive Kinship Relations in Black Extended Families
A growing body of research has documented the existence of extensive kin networks within African American communities (Aschenbrenner, 1973; Hill, 1972; Martin and Martin; 1978; McAdoo, 1980; Stack, 1974) and the importance of these networks as sources...
Marriage, Divorce, and Sexual Relations in Contemporary China
INTRODUCTION Since the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, Chinese traditions about sex, marriage, and divorce have been under assault. For much of the period information about what was taking place was difficult to obtain. Either...
Relationships between Marital Satisfaction and Privacy Preferences
INTRODUCTION This paper is concerned with the relationship between married couples' patterns of privacy preferences and their levels of relationship satisfaction. Kelvin has defined privacy as "... a condition of separateness, deliberately chosen and...
Socioeconomic Structures and Mate Selection among Urban Populations in Developing Regions
INTRODUCTION The topic of change and continuity in traditional behaviors evidenced by migrants from rural areas to urban settings in developing nations has been increasingly studied by anthropologists and others since World War II. Rather than abandoning...
The Influence of Parental Drinking Attitudes and Behavior in the Drinking Patterns of Black and White Adults
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this study is to compare the influence of parent drinking attitudes and behavior on the drinking patterns of U.S. black and white adults. The importance of parents as a source of influence on drinking behavior has been emphasized...

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