Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 41, No. 4, Summer

A Half Century of Fertility Change*
INTRODUCTIONJCFS first issues were published in 1970. This date, only two years after the publication of Paul Ehrlich's (1968) The Population Bomb and Garett Hardin's (1968) Tragedy of the Commons, marks the height of public and academic concerns about...
Change and Stability in Cohabitation and Children's Educational Adjustment1
INTRODUCTIONNumerous studies observe the negative implications of single-parent family status and parental divorce for the development and well-being of children (e.g., Amato 2001; Amato and Cheadle 2005; Biblarz and Gottainer 2000; Scott et al. 2007;...
Changing Marriage Patterns since 1970: What's Going on, and Why?*
INTRODUCTIONFew topics have attracted as much attention from family scholars and demographers in the United States in recent years as the "retreat from marriage" (Schoen and Cheng, 2006). Americans are marrying less now than at any point in the recorded...
Congratulation Messages from Academics
Congratulations to George Kurian, Founding Editor and Publisher of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies (JCFS) upon the occasion of his transition to Managing EditorSince George Kurian established the JCFS in 1970, his name has been synonymous with...
Do Religious Children Care More and Provide More Care for Older Parents? A Study of Filial Norms and Behaviors across Five Nations/COMMENT
COMMENT**In a recent study, Gans et al. (2009) seek to show that the care provided to aged parents emanates from an obligation, and that this filial behavior is "developed and enacted" by religiosity. Gans et al. (2009) repeatedly refer to support for...
Do Religious Children Care More and Provide More Care to Older Parents? A Study of Filial Norms and Behaviors across Five Nations/RESPONSE TO COMMENT
RESPONSE TO COMMENTThe motivations for providing support in the forms of time or money to elderly parents by adult children have been the focus of multidisciplinary attention. Despite the plethora of literature addressing this topic, there is still no...
DOWN MEMORY LANE: 40 YEARS OF PUBLICATION Dr. George Kurian Editor - 1970-2008, Managing Editor - 2009-Present
The first issue of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies was published in Autumn 1 970. However, a lot of preparatory work had preceded this first edition before this could become a reality.In view of the increasing impact of international migration,...
Forty Years of Family Change in Japan: A Society Experiencing Population Aging and Declining Fertility
INTRODUCTIONIt has been widely acknowledged that Japanese families have undergone dramatic changes over the past several decades. Before starting the discussion, let us identify two primary emerging issues. They are, in what respects and over what period...
The Culture of Fatherhood in Japanese Comic Strips: A Historical Analysis
INTRODUCTION"Fatherhood, history reminds us, is a cultural invention." So said John Demos in a 1982 essay that offered an overview of the history of fatherhood in America and that has since become required reading among fatherhood scholars (Demos, 1982,...
Themes and Threads of Family Theories: A Brief History
INTRODUCTIONFor forty years The Journal of Comparative Family Studies (JCFS) has been providing insights into the world's families. Whether it is Liston and Salts talking about mate selection in Malaysia (1988), Koh and Tan discussing middle-class children...
The Social Institution of Marriage
INTRODUCTIONSome like to play with dolls, some with cars. Some like to play with theories of global character, some with other theoretical perspectives. When I say play I use the word in the same meaning as John Dewey2 did when he said that play is an...
Traversing Forty Years of Family Change: An Overview of the Special Edition
This issue marks several auspicious occasions. The Journal is celebrating its fortieth year as an outlet for cross-cultural and comparative family scholarship and research. For the past forty years the Journal has provided both a global and local perspective...
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