Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 43, No. 5, 2012

Adaptation to Stress: A Common Model and Method to Facilitate Within- and Cross-Cultural Evaluation of Foster Families
INTRODUCTIONStudies meant to allow "cross-cultural" comparisons may be fatally flawed by the concepts, instruments, and discoveries of one culture being applied uncritically to another (namely, "etic" errors; cf. current discussions and examples in Chand,...
Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging
Eleana J. Kim. ADOPTED TERRITORY: TRANSNATIONAL KOREAN ADOPTEES AND THE POLITICS OF BELONGING. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, (2010), 344 pages, 978-0822346951.The book Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging,...
A Qualitative Exploration of Why Faith Matters in African American Marriages and Families
INTRODUCTIONPsychological research has linked religiosity with some dimensions of mental health among African Americans (e.g., Koenig, 1998; Mattis, 2000; Taylor, Chatters, and Levin, 2004), and in sociology there is a body of scholarship addressing...
Between Law and Custom: Women, Family Law and Marriage in Pakistan*
INTRODUCTIONMarriage is an essential institution in Pakistan and is considered an important moral and social obligation. The choice made in marriage is a critical determinant of women's adult lives so that laws and customs governing marriage are of vital...
Domestic Violence in Mexico: Perspectives of Mexican Counselors
INTRODUCTIONIn spite of many efforts and programs carried out by organizations, governments, researchers, and civilians, domestic violence continues to affect millions1. According to the World Health Organization, between 10% and 52% of women living...
Editor's Comments
This issue focuses on types of adult unions and the consequences these forms have for the participants. This issue's papers move us in a circular pattern from a macro-level and global perspective down to the couple level and then back to the policy issue...
Household Labor, Gender Roles, and Family Satisfaction: A Cross-National Comparison
INTRODUCTIONDue to the interrelation of work and family domains recent scholarship has been devoted to determining the impact of women's rising employment on the home (Bátalo va and Cohen, 2002; Bianchi, Milkie, Robinson, and Sayer, 2000; Doucet, 2006;...
Intimate Partner Violence and Domestic Violence Myths: A Comparison of Women with and without Alcoholic Husbands (A Study from India)*
INTRODUCTIONIntimate Partner Violence IPV is a global issue that transcends geographical boundaries and pervades all social strata. While precise information on this is difficult to come by, authoritative statistics reveal that the extent of physical...
Risk and Protective Factors of Marital Adjustment to Crossborder Work Arrangement of Hong Kong Residents: The Perspective of Stationary Spouses*
INTRODUCTIONThe Increase in Work-Related Mobility in the Global EconomyThe flow of goods, information, economic capital, and people across borders is the defining feature of globalization. Recent trends in labor mobility suggest that less emphasis is...
Second-Class Marriage? Civil Union in New Zealand
INTRODUCTIONThe legalization of same-sex relationships and the rise in non-marital cohabitation have considerable debate about relationship rights, the rise of individualism, the meaning of marriage, and the decline of 'the traditional family' (Beck-Gernsheim,...
Strategies of Care: Changing Elderly Care in Italy and the Netherlands
Barbara Da Roit. STRATEGIES OFCARE: CHANGING ELDERLY CARE IN ITALY AND THE NETHERLANDS. Amsterdam University Press (available in the United States through the University of Chicago Press), (20 1 0), 2 1 7 pages, ISBN #978-9089642240.This new and very...
Understanding High Levels of Singlehood in Singapore*
INTRODUCTIONOver the past four decades, a trend towards late marriage and non-marriage has characterized all the countries of East and Southeast Asia, though to varying degrees. In countries of the East Asian cultural realm - Japan, Taiwan, South Korea,...
When Your Children Marry: How Marriage Changes Relationships with Sons and Daughters
Deborah M. Merrill. WHEN YOUR CHILDREN MARRY: HOW MARRIAGE CHANGES RELATIONSHIPS WITH SONS AND DAUGHTERS. Lanham: Rowman &Littlefield Publishers, Inc., (201 1), 171 pages, ISBN 978-1442210929.The author of this book attempts to uncover the effect...
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