Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 2, Spring

Attitudes toward Marriage among the Urban Middle-Class in Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines*
INTRODUCTIONTracking marriage patterns in different contexts is important for a variety of reasons. In policy circles considerable attention has been paid to the negative effects of early marriage, particularly for women. These include, for example,...
Does Family Policy Environment Moderate the Effect of Single-Parenthood on Children's Academic Achievement? A Study of 14 European Countries
INTRODUCTIONIn recent years, several large studies have compiled rich comparative data on the family policy environments in Europe (see, for example, Bradshaw et al., 1996; Clearinghouse, 2001). However, few international studies on family policy make...
Ethnic Intermarriage in Beijing and Xinjiang, China, 1990*
Researchers have paid considerable attention to intergroup marriages in western societies, such as the United States and Australia. Few, however, have studied intergroup marriages in nonwestern societies. In this paper we examine ethnic intermarriage...
EXPLORING TWINS; towards a Social Analysis of Twinship
STEWART, Elizabeth A.. EXPLORING TWINS; Towards a Social Analysis of Twinship. New York, NY: Global Publishing at St. Martin's Press, 2003,221 pp., $26.95 softcover.This extremely dense and turgid book, written by a sociologist who gave birth to twins...
Family and Community in Ireland
ARENSBERG, Conrad M. and Solon T. Kimball, FAMILY AND COMMUNITY IN IRELAND (3rd ed. with a new introduction by Anne Byrne, Ricca Edmondson and Tony Varley). Ennis, County Clare, Ireland: Clasp Press, 2001, 417pp., 33 Euro hardcover.Anyone who has read...
Family Size Control by Infanticide in the Great Agrarian Societies of Asia*
INTRODUCTIONAn important issue in demography is whether there is evidence for premodern population control, especially control of family size. In an earlier paper we have argued that there is insufficient evidence to conclude that Palaeolithic society...
Fatherhood in Urban Mexico*
INTRODUCTIONThis paper analyzes the practice of fatherhood in urban Mexico in the late 20th century. As it is known, this practice includes quite distinct, highly complex dimensions, such as deciding whether and when to have children, looking after them...
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN FAMILY THERAPY: Development, Practice and Trends
NG, Kits., ed., GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN FAMILY THERAPY: Development, Practice and Trends. Independence, KT: Taylor & Francis/Routledge, 2003, 234pp., $39.95 hardcover.This interesting, slender volume comes at a time when globalization and increasing...
HOME AND KIN: Families in Asia
QUAH, Stella R., HOME AND KIN: Families in Asia. Portland, OR: International Specialized Book Services, 2003, 245pp., $26.00 softcover.This remarkable book, which must have been difficult to research and write, provides a major new cross-cultural, cross-national...
Impact of Gender Disparities in Family Carework on Women's Life Chances in Chiapas, Mexico*
BACKGROUNDWomen's family caregiving responsibilities and the increase in women's labor force participation over the past century have been extensively documented in industrialized countries, yet fewer studies have been conducted in developing countries...
Intrafamiliar Congruence in Gender Role Attitudes and Ethnic Stereotypes: The Israeli Case
INTRODUCTIONThe study examines intrafamiliar congruence between mothers, fathers, and their adolescent children in two types of social schemata: gender role attitudes and ethnic stereotypes. Social schemata are cognitive frameworks reflecting knowledge...
JOURNEYS AFTER ADOPTION: Understanding Lifelong Issues
SCHOOLER, Jayne E. and Betsie L. NORRIS, JOURNEYS AFTER ADOPTION: Understanding Lifelong Issues. Westport, Connecticut: Bergin & Garvey, 2002, 292 pp., $23.95 softcover.Adoption is often represented in the popular media and scholarly literature as...
Measuring and Monitoring Children's Well Being
BEN-ARIEH, A., N. H. KAUFAMN, A. B. ANDREWS, R. M. GOERGE, B. J. LEE and J. L. ABER, eds., MEASURING AND MONITORING CHILDREN'S WELL BEING. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, 158pp., $80.00 hardcover.Measuring and Monitoring...
Public School Teachers Perspectives on the Contemporary Hutterite Family
Foster (1984) stated in his study of three communal societies that "No social order is static, or unchanging, especially when it demands the kind of intense commitment and dedication that these experiments did" (p. 245). The same can be said for the...
Sex Differences in the Effects of Family Structure on Children's Aggressive Behavior*
INTRODUCTIONThere is no dearth of scientific literature and stereotypes on sex differences in children's emotional and behavioral outcomes. Both academic research and popular media have linked some of these outcomes to changes in family structure, particularly...
THE SIBLING SOCIETY: Papers Presented at the Robert Bly Colloquium
WHITE, Terry, ed., THE SIBLING SOCIETY: Papers Presented at the Robert Bly Colloquium. Lanham. MD: University Press of America. 2000, 216pp., $36.00 hardcover.Nearly a decade ago poet Robert Ely's The Sibling Society (1996) offered a critique of contemporary...
TIME TO CARE; Redesigning Child Care to Promote Education. Support Families, and Build Communities
LOMBARDI, Joan, TIME TO CARE; Redesigning Child Care to Promote Education. Support Families, and Build Communities. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 2003, 232pp., $18.95 softcover.As many will read in the title of this book, it argues in favor...
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