Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 42, No. 4, 2011

Childlessness and Norms of Familial Responsibility in the Netherlands*
INTRODUCTIONFrom the moment childlessness became a topic of scientific research, the childless have been depicted in negative terms: less well adjusted, less nurturing, more materialistic, more selfish, more individualistic and more career-oriented than...
Editor's Comments
This fourth issue is an amazingly rich discussion of the theme of "different worlds and diverse identities." A careful reading of this issue would reveal the theme of different worlds as we traverse issues such as acculturative stress, collectivism versus...
Ethnic Differences in the Living Arrangements of Children in South Africa*
INTRODUCTIONThis article examines the living arrangements of children among South Africa's various African/black ethnic groups. It explores if there are differences in children's residence patterns by ethnicity, identifies the most common forms of household...
Family Processes as Predictors of Antisocial Behaviors among Adolescents from Urban, Single-Mother Malay Families in Malaysia
INTRODUCTIONIn the present study, we examined the relationships between family process variables, i.e., parenting, family values and family competency, and anti-social behaviors among Malaysian early adolescents from urban single-mother families. Due...
Gender Role Disruption and Marital Satisfaction among Wives of Chinese International Students in the United States
INTRODUCTIONInternational students and their families face many pressures, including adjusting to a new culture and way of life, coping with the demands of graduate study (Goff, 2004; Gold, 2006; Katz, Monnier & Libet, 2000; Kline & Liu, 2005),...
Living Life in Two Worlds: Acculturative Stress among Asian International Graduate Student Parents and Spouses*
INTRODUCTIONIncreasing ease of travel, new methods of long-distance communication, and the globalization of economic systems have introduced new family situations and challenges. Some families maintain ties and commitments to multiple countries at once....
"Living Together without Being Married": Perceptions of Female Adolescents in the Mexico-United States Border Region
INTRODUCTIONFalling in love, getting married, having children and starting a family are aspirations many young women from various cultures around the world share, including female adolescents of Mexican origin living on either side of the Mexico-United...
Needs of Refugee Children in Canada: What Can Roma Refugee Families Tell Us?
INTRODUCTIONThe 1951 UN Convention defines a refugee as a person who "owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, or membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country...
Polygamy and Its Impact on the Upbringing of Children: A Jordanian Perspective
INTRODUCTIONIn Islam, marriage is defined as a social bond or agreement between two parties; it is not applicable unless both husband and wife approve of it. Consequently, no woman is obligated to get married to a married man or even to a single one,...
The Intersection of Motherhood and Disability: Being a "Good" Korean Mother to an "Imperfect" Child
INTRODUCTIONSince Sociologist Ann Oakley rejected the belief "that all women need to be mothers, that all mothers need their children, and that all children need their mothers" (1974, p. 186), scholars have become increasingly aware of motherhood as...
The Sense of Collectivism and Individualism among Husbands and Wives in Traditional and Bi-Cultural Navajo Families on the Navajo Reservation
INTRODUCTIONThe sense of individual or collective self involves distinct behaviors that are built on an individual's independent or interdependent world views. In other words, people 's aspirations and the way they relate to their families are influenced...
Urbanization and Social Identities in Jordan: The Case of Irbid
INTRODUCTIONIn the last few years, the discourse of identity has spread rapidly within the humanities and social sciences. However, this topic is far from consensus, which is one reason why many debates have been waged over the interpretation of the...
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