Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring

Breaking Rural Bonds through Migration: The Failure of Development for Women in India
INTRODUCTION In its tryst with destiny, India after independence, in order to develop economically and to eradicate poverty, adopted programs that focused both on industrial and rural development. My study tries to explore, first, the impact of development...
Gender, Households and Informal Entrepreneurship in the Dominican Republic
Since the early 1970's, debate has persisted concerning the effects of economic and social change on the well-being of women.(1) There is a growing awareness that development interventions which do not directly address the inequalities between men and...
Homeless Street Boys in Nepal: Their Demography and Lifestyle
INTRODUCTION In the cities of the developing world, recent decades have seen a marked increase in the number of children for whom the street represents their principal economic and social environment (Boyden & Holden 1991: Black 1993). The majority...
Immigrant Kinship Networks: Vietnamese, Salvadoreans and Mexicans in Comparative Perspective
INTRODUCTION The notion that social networks are an invaluable aid to immigrants before, during, and after the migration process has been widely acknowledged (Litwak 1960; Mitchell 1969; Lomnitz 1977; Taylor 1986; Massey et al 1987; Boyd 1989). The...
Polygyny and Marital Life Satisfaction: An Exploratory Study from Rural Cameroon
The possible effects of polygyny on family life usually have been studied in terms of fertility (e.g., Aborampah 1987; Adewuyi 1987; Anderton & Emigh 1989; Bledsoe 1990; Garenne & van de Walle 1989; Lee & Whitbeck 1990; Mulder 1989; Pison...
Repeated Home Leaving Behavior of American Youth
The past decade has witnessed a growing interest in home leaving behavior of youth. Researchers have examined the relationship between home leaving and family structure (White and Booth 1985; Bianchi 1987; Young 1987; Mitchell, Wister and Burch, 1989;...
Socio-Economic Characteristics of Ghanaian Women in Polygynous Marriages
INTRODUCTION Marriage type in Africa is an aspect of socio-cultural organization that differs from that of European tradition. For instances, in Ghana, both monogamous and polygynous marriages exist and are socially and legally acceptable (Hillman 1975)....
The Emergence of the Democratic Brazilian Middle-Class Family: A Mosaic of Contrasts with the American Family (1960-1994)
The primary purpose of this paper is to show the process of the democratization of the family in Brazil, which has occurred in a rather short time (1960 to 1995), and to compare it with the same development in the American family, focusing on key issues....

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