Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 4, 2012

Changing Intergroup Boundaries in Brazilian Marriages: 1991-2008
(ProQuest: ... denotes formula omitted.)INTRODUCTIONThe prevalence of marital homogamy provides insight into the social organization of group boundaries. For example, educational homogamy reflects the importance of social class (Schwartz and Mare, 2005),...
Editor's Comments
This issue provides considerable thematic coherence. We have three papers focused on the general theme of resilience and adaptation. Following that theme and closely related to it, four more papers investigate the theme of changing marriages. Finally,...
Environmental Singularity as Conduit of Foster Care Disparities: White Canadian/U.S. Social Workers Placing Children of Color
INTRODUCTIONThe National Association of Social Workers (NASW) defines child welfare in the provision of social services to children in need. The needs of such children may extend from family members who cannot or will not adequately meet their child-rearing...
Gender Attitudes and Housework: Trends over Time in Australia1
INTRODUCTIONSince the 1980s, throughout many western societies, there has been a steady increase in women's labour force participation giving rise to a change in the modal family type from male breadwinner to dual-earner. In Australia, the proportion...
Marital Quality from a Rural Indian Context in Comparative Perspective1
INTRODUCTIONThere is a large literature that examines marital quality, its determinants, and its consequences in Western settings. Underlying this research is the belief that marital quality is an important aspect of social life, which is worthy of study...
Multifaceted Identity of Interethnic Young People: Chameleon Identities
Sultana Choudhry. MULTIFACETED IDENTITY OF INTERETHNIC YOUNG PEOPLE: CHAMELEON D3ENTITIES. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, (20 1 0), 234 pages, ISBN 978-0754678601 .Using a social psychological approach, Choudhry investigates the experience...
Neo-Polygamous Activity among the Bedouin of the Negev, Israel: Dysfunction, Adaptation-Or Both?1
INTRODUCTIONThe forced sedentarization of nomadic peoples across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has long been documented and presented as one of many outcomes of the postcolonization process just preceding and following World War II. Nation-building...
Parental Involvement and Achievement Outcomes in African American Adolescents
INTRODUCTIONFederal and state policies in the United States of America have elevated parental involvement in schools to a national priority in part due to the large number of failing schools and increased achievement gap between White students and African...
Social Change and Estonian Parents' Time Allocation to Their Children
INTRODUCTIONDue to fundamental social changes and trends towards individualization, the family as an institution has changed in the majority of western societies, a fact that has become a cause of concern for many family sociologists (Beck-Gernsheim,...
The Effect of Social Integration on Self-Rated Health for Elderly Japanese People: A Longitudinal Study1
INTRODUCTIONIn Japan, ever-larger numbers of elderly people are surviving to ever-older ages while the numbers of children and grandchildren to care for them have shrunk. Because Japan has publicly funded universal health care, public concern has arisen...
The Vikings Return: Icelandic Immigration to Canada, 1870-1920
Marian McKenna. THE VIKINGS RETURN: ICELANDIC IMMIGRATION TO CANADA, 1870-1920. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Detselig Enterprises Ltd. (2010), 424 pages, ISBN 978-1550594089.The Vikings Return is a history of the Icelandic immigration to North America,...
Towards Improving Surveys of Living Arrangements among Poor African Americans1
INTRODUCTIONThis paper examines a mismatch between the surveys used to study U.S. household composition and the dynamics of living arrangements prevailing among many low-income African Americans. Recent changes in surveys by the U.S. Census Bureau described...
Women and Family in Contemporary Japan
Susan D. Holloway WOMEN AND FAMILY IN CONTEMPORARY JAPAN Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press (20 10), 256 pages, ISBN 978-052 1 192279.The paradigm shift with respect to family in Japan, the second largest economy in the world, bears watching....
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