Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 39, No. 4, Autumn

A Critical Evaluation of Attitudes towards Nuclear, Joint and Extended Family Structures among People of Indian Origin in Durban, South Africa*
INTRODUCTIONThis paper is about attitudes towards nuclear, joint and extended family living arrangements among middle-class people of Indian origin in Durban, South Africa. It takes the view that joint and extended family arrangements within this segment...
Characteristics of Eastern European Immigration in the United States
INTRODUCTIONIn the last centuries, Eastern Europe has been characterized by dramatic socio-political and economic transformations. Countries were formed and revised, political ideologies were imposed and then dropped, leaving lasting marks on individuals...
Choosing between Marriage and Cohabitation: Women's First Union Patterns in Hungary1
INTRODUCTIONThe political changes in Eastern Europe during the 1990s drew a lot of attention both from the media and academia. However, the demographic transformations of the region-less obvious, but equally important phenomena-rarely came into the focus,...
Differences between European Americans and African Americans in the Association between Child Obesity and Disrupted Parenting
INTRODUCTIONThe rate of obesity among children has more than doubled the past 30 years (Berkowitz and Stunkard 2002) increasing concern about its physical and emotional health consequences (Braet, Mervielde, and Vandereycken 1997; DeJong and Kleck 1986)....
Editor's Note
We are now receiving an increasing number of articles for review, and we have many good suggestions for Special Issues. We are also regularly publishing Special Issues based on selected Papers presented at the Research Seminars of the Committee on Family...
Fairness and Housework: A Cross-National Comparison*
INTRODUCTIONThe division of household labor is a source of dissatisfaction in many marriages (Glass & Fujimoto 1994; Rosenfield 1992). If household arrangements are viewed as inequitable, wives report lower levels of marital and personal happiness...
Farm Family Coping with Stress: The Impact of the 1998 Ice Storm*
INTRODUCTIONIn January, 1998, unprecedented levels of freezing rain coated roads, trees and buildings in Eastern Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and the Northeastern United States with a layer of ice 5.5 cm to 10 cm (2-3 inches) in width (Statistics Canada,...
Gender Differentials in Household Structure and Socioeconomic Characteristics in South Africa
INTRODUCTIONSeveral studies on types of households in Africa have suggested changes in household structures and composition (Bongaarts, 2001 ; Dungumaro, et al., 2006; Noumbissi & Zuberi, 2001 ; Zulu & Sibanda, 2005). The documented changes,...
International Family Studies: Developing Curricula and Teaching Tools
Hamon, Raeann R. (Ed.). INTERNATIONAL FAMILY STUDIES: DEVELOPING CURRICULA AND TEACHING TOOLS. Binghamton, New York: The Haworth Press, Inc., 2006.This edited volume is a comprehensive look at a number of ways to internationalize family science curricula,...
Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in Zambia: An Examination of Risk Factors and Gender Perceptions
INTRODUCTIONThe abuse and violation of women has reached epidemic proportions in Africa and this behavior seems to be accepted as normal (Fourie, 2004). Unfortunately, there is little pressure and controls in place to deter men from such practice. The...
Mutuality Matters: Family, Faith and Just Love
Herbert Anderson, Edward Foley, Bonnie Miller-McLemore and Robert Schreiter. MUTUALITY MATTERS: FAMILY, FAITH AND JUST LOVE. Toronto: Rowman and Littlefield, 2004.Almost sixty years ago, Simone de Beauvoir wrote: "The whole of feminine history has been...
Parental Psychological Control and Authoritarianism in Chinese-Canadian and European-Canadian Cultural Groups: Their Meanings and Implications for University Students' Adjustment
INTRODUCTIONPsychological control and authoritarian control are thought to be distinct but related constructs (Barber & Harmon, 2002). However, the extent to which the measures are related versus distinct has not been examined empirically. In this...
Race and Family: A Structural Approach
Roberta L. Coles. RACEAND FAMILY: A STRUCTURAL APPROACH. Sage Publications, 2006, ISBN 0-7619-8864-5.This textbook, written primarily for American students at the college or university level, offers insights into contemporary American culture, provides...
"Sshh.!! Don't Tell My Parents": Dating among Second-Generation Patels in Florida*
INTRODUCTIONScholarship on intimate relationships among Indians in the United States has a tradition of examining dating from an intergenerational lens that often privileges the first-generation (Helweg and Helweg, 1990; Leonard, 1997; Sheth, 2001 ;...
The Politics of the Personal in Feminist Family Therapy: International Examinations of Family Policy
Anne M. Prouty Lyness, (Ed). THE POLITICS OFTHE PERSONAL IN FEMINIST FAMILY THERAPY: INTERNATIONAL EXAMINATIONS OF FAMILY POLICY. New York: The Haworth Press, 2005. 184 pp. (h) $37.95, (p) $17.95.As family therapists we must carefully consider the broader...
"Until Our Hearts Are on the Ground": Aboriginal Mothering, Oppression, Resistance and Rebirth
D.M. Lavell-Harvard and J. Corbiere Lavell (Eds.). "UNTIL OUR HEARTS ARE ON THE GROUND": ABORIGINAL MOTHERING, OPPRESSION, RESISTANCE AND REBIRTH. Toronto: Demeter Press. 2006. Price: $29.95 (P).Historically, the subjugation of Aboriginal women in Canadian...
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