Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 2, Summer

Book Reviews -- American Families: A Research Guide and Historical Handbook Edited by Joseph M. Hawes and Elizabeth I. Nybakken
Hawes, Joseph M. and Elizabeth I. Nybakken, eds., American Families: A Research Guide and Historical Handbook Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Inc., 1991, 435 pp., $75.00 hardcover.This volume of readings is an important acquisition for any university...
Book Reviews -- Children, Families and Public Policy in the 90s Edited by Laura C. Johnson and Dick Barnhorst
Johnson, Laura C. and Dick Barnhorst, eds., Children, Families and Public Policy in the 90s. Toronto, Ontario: Thompson Educational Publishing, Inc., 1991, 269pp., $19.95 softcover.This collection of articles is an apparent first attempt by the Toronto...
Book Reviews -- Families That Abuse: Diagnosis and Therapy by Stefano Cirillo and Paola DiBlasio
Cirillo, Stefano and Paola DiBlasio, Families That Abuse: Diagnosis and Therapy. New York, N.Y.: W.W. Norton & Co., Ltd., 1992, 195pp., $22.95 hardcover.In this well-translated and easily read book, Cirillo and DiBlasio have, in a sense, written...
Book Reviews -- Human Relationships (Second Edition) Edited by Steve Duck
Duck, Steve, ed., Human Relationships (Second Edition). Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, Inc., 1991, 278 pp., $49.95 hardcover, $17.95 softcover.The second edition (1991) of this classic Introduction to the Study of Human Relationships by Steve Duck...
Book Reviews -- Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls by Dugan Romano
Romano, Dugan, Intercultural Marriage: Promises and Pitfalls. Yarmouth, Maine: Inercultural Press, Inc., 1988, 162 pp., $16.95 softcover.Given the author's definition of intercultural marriage--a marriage between partners from "diverse cultures as well...
Book Reviews -- Mumsahib: A Novel in Stories by Anne Montagnes
Montagnes, Anne, Mumsahib: A Novel in Stores. Fredericton, New Brunswick: Goose Lane Editions, 1992, 183 pp., $14.95 softcover.A cross-cultural novel is a difficult genre at best. The novelist's task is especially challenging if the plot is required...
Book Reviews -- Rites of Marrying: The Wedding Industry in Scotland by Simon R. Charsley
Charsley, Simon R., Rites of Marrying: The Wedding Industry in Scotland. New York, N.Y.: St. Martin's Press, 1991 227 pp., $59.95 hardcover.The research for this book is a blending of the standard ethnographic approach with the ethnomethodological techniques...
Book Reviews -- Stepparents: Wicked or Wonderful? by Christina Hughes
Hughes, Christina, Stepparents: Wicked or Wonderful? Brookfield, VT: Ashgate Publishing Co., 1991, 160pp., $46.95 hardcover.Hughes' primary interest is to make a contribution to our understanding of stepparenting. In particular, she is concerned with...
Book Reviews -- the Clinical Detective: Techniques in the Evaluation of Sexual Abuse by Aaron Noah Hoorwitz
Hoorwitz, Aaron Noah, The Clinical Detective: Techniques in the Evaluation of Sexual Abuse. New York, N.Y.: W.W. Norton & Co., Ltd., 1992, 303pp., $34.95 hardcover.Hoorwitz' s purpose is to provide the reader with a step by step approach to the process...
Book Reviews -- Theories of Child Abuse and Neglect: Differential Perspectives, Summaries, and Evaluations by Oliver C. S. Tzeng, Jay W. Jackson and Henry C. Karlson
Tzeng, Oliver C.S., Jay W. Jackson, and Henry C. Karlson, Theories of Child Abuse and Neglect: Differential Perspectives, Summaries, and Evaluations. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc., 1991, 355 pp., $59.95 hardcover.As the reported incidence...
Book Reviews -- the Passionate Mind: Bringing Up an Intelligent and Creative Child by Michael Schulman
Schulman, Michael, The Passionate Mind: Bringing Up An Intelligent And Creative Child. New York, N.Y.: The Free Press, 1991, 353 pp., $22.50 hardcover.Parents wish their children to be smart, bright, intelligent and even genius. However, despite conscious...
Book Reviews -- the Social Construction of Gender Edited by Judith Lorber and Susan A. Farrell
Lorber, Judith and Susan A. Farrell, eds., The Social Construction of Gender. Newbury Park, California: Sage Publication Inc., 1991, 374 pp., $18.95 softcover.The Social Construction of Gender is a collection of 18 articles, all but one reprinted from...
Depressive Symptoms of Younger and Older Korean Married Women
This research investigated factors related to depressive symptoms among younger and older married Korean women. A primary objective was to determine the relative importance of five assessments of personal and family relationships for depressive symptoms....
Kikuyu Bridewealth and Polygyny Today
This paper is on bridewealth and polygyny among the Kikuyu of Kenya, and is based on data collected in 1990. It seeks to take account of recent changes, and to respond to calls for new data. Helen Ware stated the situation in the early 1980s as follows:In...
Marital Status, Distress, and Well-Being: An International Comparison
At least since Durkheim's study of suicide, the relationship between marital status and psychological well-being has been an important field of sociological inquiry. A quite strong relationship has often been reported in the literature. In general the...
The Impact of Divorce on Men and Women in India and the United States
Adjustment to divorce has been the focus of a great deal of research in the west. However, relatively little is known about how divorce affects people's lives in nonwestern, developing nations. As Kitson and Morgan (1990), in a recent review, notedCross-cultural...
The Impact of Migration on the Sexual Division of Family Work: A Case Study of Italian Immigrant Couples
INTRODUCTIONThis paper presents the results of a case study of twenty working class Italian immigrant couples residing in Toronto. The investigation focuses on the subjective experiences of wives and husbands who have migrated from one socio-economic...
The Role and Status of Women and the Timing of Marriage in Five Asian Countries
INTRODUCTIONThe study of nuptiality in non-industrial societies is of special interest to demographers and social scientists. Reductions in marriage rates generally translate into lowered fertility. A rise in age at marriage can also influence significant...
The Strengths of Apache Grandmothers: Observations on Commitment, Culture and Caretaking
"My great grandmother is a special person to me because she did a good job of raising my mother. I am happy for what she has done and for what she is still doing for us." So begins a tribute written by Garrett Dazen, a fifth grader, published in the...
Unintended Marital Separation in the Peoples Republic of China: A Pilot Study
During the last several years the authors have been involved in a number of research studies in the People's Republic of China (Abbott & Zheng, in press; Abbott, Zheng & Meredith, 1992; Meredith, 1991; Meredith, Abbott, Zhu, 1989). On one visit...
Violating the Hindu Norm of Husband-Wife Avoidance
Until recently, anthropologists focused so much on uncovering cultural patterns that they de-emphasized the anomalies and irregularities that they found (Freilich, Raybeck and Savishinsky, 1991: 1). Fortunately, it is now increasingly recognized that...
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