Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 3, 2009

Cross-National Comparisons of Family Policies: The Relevance of National Approaches to Social Welfare*
INTRODUCTIONThere are many factors that affect the lives of families. For example, the existence (or lack) of universal daycare and/or lengthy maternity and parental leaves with a fair replacement wage has serious implications for families that have...
Effects of Marital Quality on Children in Brazilian Families
INTRODUCTIONThere is an extensive literature that has linked parental conflict to developmental difficulties in children. Included in the literature are five meta-analytic reviews (Buehler, Krishnakumar, Gaye, Anthony, Pemberton, Gerard, & Barber,...
Family in the Middle East: Ideational Change in Egypt, Iran, and Tunisia
YOUNT, Kathryn M. and Hoda RASHAD (Eds.). FAMILY IN THE MIDDLE EAST: IDEATIONAL CHANGE IN EGYPT, IRAN, AND TUNISIA. New York Routledge, 2008, 269 pp., (h) $140.This edited volume makes a significant contribution to the growing literature on families...
Family Support in Five Cultural Groups in the Netherlands
INTRODUCTIONSocial support is one of the most important and fundamental forms of family relationships (Segrin and Flora, 2005). The beneficial effects of social support, such as enhancing people's general well-being, have been established over decades...
Fixing Men: Sex, Birth Control, and Aids in Mexico
GUTMANN, Matthew. FIXING MEN: SEX, BIRTH CONTROL, AND AIDS IN MEXICO. University of California Press, 2007, 229 pgs.As a Mexican native scholar, I am always cautious about scholarship focused on Latinos/as. Unfortunately, some studies that explore risk...
Hispanics and Their Perceptions of Family Dynamics: An Extension and Test of Group Reference Theory
INTRODUCTIONRecent data suggests that childbirth rates among American youth have continued to decline over the last decade and a half. However, these positive trends are tempered by a more problematic picture that is evident among Hispanic teens and...
Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins
LEGAL, Nancy L. INDIVISIBLE BY TWO: LIVES OF EXTRAORDINARY TWINS. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2005, (280 pgs.).Nancy L. Segal worked as a researcher in the famous Minnesota Study of Twins Reared Apart. Her first book, Entwined...
Intimacies: Love and Sex across Cultures
JANKOWIAK, William R. (Ed). INTIMACIES: LOVE AND SEX ACROSS CULTURES. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008, 300 pp. Price: $74.50 US hardcover; $24.50 US paperback. ISBN: 978-0-231-13416-1 (cloth), 978-0-231-13437-8 (pbk.), 978-0-23 1-50876-6 (ebook).In...
Marriage Choices and Class Boundaries: Social Endogamy in History
VAN LEEUWEN, Marco H.D., Ineke MAAS and Andrew MILES (Eds.). MARRIAGE CHOICES AND CLASS BOUNDARIES: SOCIAL ENDOGAMY IN HISTORY. Cambridge: The Press Syndicate of me University of Cambridge, 2005, 295 pp., $38.95 soft cover, ISBN 0521-68546X.This collection...
Of Sound Mind to Marry: A Reality Check from the Marriage Counselor for Pre-Weds
BIERMAN, Jim. OF SOUND MIND TO MARRY: A REALITY CHECK FROM THE MARRIAGE COUNSELOR FOR PRE-WEDS. Praeger, 2008, 161 pgs.This book is a welcome addition to a field that has relatively few books that have been prepared by scholars or therapists within the...
One Germany, Two Worlds of Housework? Examining Employed Single and Partnered Women in the Decade after Unification*
INTRODUCTIONThe fall of the "iron curtain" and the end of state socialism in Eastern Europe radically changed Europe in the mid 1990s. Amid the dramatic changes that occurred, Germany stands out as a special case, as the unification process resulted...
One Pot or Two Pot Strategies? Income Pooling in Married and Unmarried Households in Comparative Perspective1
INTRODUCTIONThe extent of income pooling within households and families is an important social policy issue and is critical for designing social programs, analysing poverty, and targeting financial transfers (Cheal, 1997; Jenkins, 1991; Ludwig-Mayerhofer,...
Structural Arrangements of Indo-Guyanese Family: An Assessment of the Assimilation Hypothesis
BACKGROUND AND SIGNIFICANCENearly 150 years ago the Indians from South Asia (also known as East Indians) entered the Caribbean as indentured agricultural laborers. Today they are not a "beleaguered minority" as there is no formal discrimination against...
The Health of Men and Women
PAYNE, Sarah THE HEALTH OF MEN AND WOMEN. PoUty Press, 2006, 220 pgs.Payne's objective is to explore the relationship between sex, gender, and health in global context and in ways that capture the complexity of the relationship between these variables....
The Role of Relational Communication Characteristics and Filial Piety in Mate Preferences: Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Chinese and US College Students+
INTRODUCTIONSince the 1940s, the characteristics that people desire in their potential marriage partners have been ranked for their importance, and also compared between men and women (e.g., Buss, 1994; Goodwin, 1999; Hill, 1945). Mate preference traits...
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