Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 2, Spring

Aging and the Family-Work Link: A Comparative Analysis of Two Generations of Mexican Women (1936-1938 and 1951-1953)
INTRODUCTIONThe implications of aging of the population in Mexico are complicated and in some respects, serious. Like many other developing countries, Mexico has no genuine state public policies designed to ensure the treatment, everyday care and well-being...
Culturally Diverse Elders and Their Families: Examining the Need for Culturally Competent Services
INTRODUCTIONThe growth of the American population over the age of 65, and more specifically over the age of 85, affects many aspects of our society. Demographic shifts among the aging population of the United States call for a re-examination of our understanding...
Do Religious Children Care More and Provide More Care for Older Parents? A Study of Filial Norms and Behaviors across Five Nations*
INTRODUCTIONMuch of the literature on the nonnative obligation to provide care to older parents centers on its role in motivating supportive behavior. However, most studies find that the relationship between norms and behavior in the domain of parent...
Grandchildhood: Adult Grandchildren's Perception of Their Role towards Their Grandparents from an Intergenerational Perspective
INTRODUCTIONIn recent decades, research has expanded to investigate ties between grandparents and their grandchildren. This tendency is understandable if we consider rising life expectancy and the structure of contemporary families, which often consist...
Guest Editors' Note and Introduction
The current aging of the global population is unrivaled in human history. According to United Nations projections, by 2050 the number of people over the age of 60 will have increased from its current level of 600 million to over two billion-more than...
More Than Wife Abuse That Has Gone Old: A Conceptual Model for Violence against the Aged in Canada and the US
INTRODUCTIONOn December 16, 1991, the United Nations (UN) passed resolution 46/91 to encourage the governments of the world to incorporate principals of independence, participation, care, self-fulfihent, and dignity for their aging citizens. The goal...
Patterns of Exchange in Kinship Systems in Germany, Russia, and the People's Republic of China1
PROBLEMTwo major traditions have influenced the analysis of kinship systems and intergenerational relationships in the social sciences. One tradition has its roots in cultural anthropology and ethnology and has set the path for the better understanding...
Specialization between Family and State Intergenerational Time Transfers in Western Europe
INTRODUCTIONDemographic change and particularly the growing number of elderly people are more and more a matter of public concern and of sociological interest. The main question of the debate is how support demands of older people can continue to be...
The 'Growing Legs' of Generation as a Policy Construct: Reviving Its Family Meaning*
INTRODUCTIONGeneration is a packed social concept, with immense explanatory capacity and policy utility, yet it is a concept fraught with misunderstanding and underestimation in both the social sciences and in popular usage. It is no less fraught in...
Types of Relations between Adult Children and Elderly Parents in Taiwan: Mechanisms Accounting for Various Relational Types1
INTRODUCTIONIn recent decades, Taiwan has experienced steadily declining fertility and increased longevity expectation. As a result of the changing population structure, the elderly dependency ratio is expected to advance from 13.8% in 2006 to 30.3%...
Why Do Adult Children Support Their Parents?
INTRODUCTIONIntergenerational relationship arrangements only recently have begun to attract the attention of German researchers, but there already exists a multitude of findings, especially regarding relationships between grown-up children and their...
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