Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 4, Autumn

A Comparison of Component Structures for the Australian Inventory of Family Strengths (AIFS) between an Australian and Malaysian Sample
INTRODUCTIONTo date, little if any formal research on family strengths has been conducted in Malaysia nor have any known (to the current authors) family strengths measures been developed or adapted from non-Malaysian contexts for the purpose of measuring...
Adolescent Sexuality: A Historical Handbook and Guide
Cocca, Carolyn. ADOLESCENT SEXUALITY: A HISTORICAL HANDBOOK AND GUIDE. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing, 2006.208 pp. Price: US $59.95, UK £34.95. ISBN: 0313333998.Reviewed by: PAULA SMITH*This book provides a thoughtful and dense treatment of the topic...
Adopting Maternity: White Women Who Adopt Transracially or Transnationally
Moosnich, Nora Rose. ADOPTING MATERNITY: WHITE WOMEN WHO ADOPT TRANSRACIALLY OR TRANSNATIONALLY. Westport,CT: Praeger Publishers, 2004.192 pp. Price: US $57.95, UK£31.95 (he). ISBN: 0275978125 (pb). ISBN-13:9780275978129 (he).Reviewed by: RITA J. SIMON**Having...
Busier Than Ever: Why American Families Can't Slow Down
Darrah, Charles N, James M. Freeman and J.A. English-Lueck. BUSIER THAN EVER: WHY AMERICAN FAMILIES CAN'T SLOW DOWN. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2007.2% pp., Price: US $19.95 (pb), US $50.00 (he). ISBN: 9700804754927 (pb). ISBN: 0804754918...
Changing Patterns in Men's First Marriage among the Sereer in Rural Senegal+
INTRODUCTIONThe study of marriage in sub-Saharan Africa has drawn increasing attention among demographers because of its links with the onset of reproductive life. In these societies where women's sexual activity is controlled by the elders and by men...
Child Honoring: How to Turn This World Around
Raffi Cavoukian and Sharna Olfman (Eds.). CHILD HONORING: HOW TO TURN THIS WORLD AROUND. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers, 2006.278 pp. Price: US $29.95.Reviewed by: CHRISTINE A. WALSH*Raffi, well known children's troubadour, has developed his child-first...
Children of the 21st Century: From Birth to Nine Months
Dex, Shiriey and Heather Joshi (Eds.). CHILDREN OF THE 21ST CENTURY: FROM BIRTH TO NINE MONTHS. Bristol, UK: The Policy Press, 2006.296 pp. Price: UK £24.99 (pb), £60.00 (hc). ISBN: 9781861346889 (pb). ISBN: 97818613468% (hc).Reviewed by: MICHAEL MARATSOS*Sources...
Culture, Gender and the Influence of Social Change Amongst Emirati Families in the United Arab Emirates
INTRODUCTIONThe United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a country comprising seven separate Emirates that originally came to great affluence due to the oil-boom in the region, and today continues its rapid social momentum with regards to socioeconomic and educational...
Editor's Note
This is the last issue for this year. While we have a number of articles ready for publishing, we can only publish eight articles, one research note and nine book reviews in this issue. As the Winter 2008 issue will be a special issue, we plan to publish...
Experiences of Chinese Families Affected by AIDS Via Blood Transfusion: An Exploratory Case Study
(ProQuest: ... denotes obscured text omitted.)INTRODUCTIONHIV/AIDS is spreading from populations with high risk behaviors to the general populations with relatively low levels of high risk behaviors (China Ministry of Health/UNAIDS, 2004; D'Cruz, 2003;...
Handbook of World Families
Bert N. Adams and Jan Trost (Eds.). HANDBOOK OF WORLD FAMILIES. New Delhi: Sage Publications, Inc., 2005. 664pp. Price: US $125.00 (hc). ISBN: 9780761927631 (hc).Reviewed by: GEORGE KURIAN*Professor Bert N. Adams, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA,...
Intergenerational Assistance and Parental Marital Status in the US and Australia
INTRODUCTIONA great deal of research has been carried out in me United States concerning intergenerational assistance. In contrast, little research has been conducted on this topic in other countries, such as Australia. It is valuable to compare these...
Inter-Racial Marriage and Family Socio-Economic Status: A Study among Whites, Filipinos, Japanese, and Hawaiians in Hawaii
INTRODUCTIONInterracial marriages have been steadily increasing in the last few decades in the United States (U.S. Census Bureau, 2000; Lee and Edmonston, 2005), and are regarded by many as a sign of positive racial relations (Root, 2001; Qian and Lichter,...
Restructuring Family Policies: Convergences and Divergences
Baker, Maureen. RESTRUCTURING FAMILY POLICIES: CONVERGENCES AND DIVERGENCES. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006.336 pp. Price: NZ $72.00, CDN $42.00 UK£65.00 (hc); CDN $29.95, UK£20.00(pb). ISBN: 0802087833 (hc). ISBN: 08020885717 (pb).Reviewed...
The Impact of Recohabitation on Fertility: Evidence from Life History Data in the Netherlands
INTRODUCTIONDue to the rise in divorce, people more often have children with more than one partner and fertility has become more dependent on reproductive behaviour in unions after the first (Coleman, Ganong, & Fine, 2000). Studies examining fertility...
The New Generations of Europeans: Demography and Families in the Enlarged European Union
Wolfgang Lutz, Rudolf Richter and Chris Wilson (Eds.). THE NEW GENERATIONS OF EUROPEANS: DEMOGRAPHY AND FAMILIES IN THE ENLARGED EUROPEAN UNION London and Sterling, VA: Earthscan, 2006.374 pp. Price: UK £24.95. ISBN: 9781844073511.Reviewed by: MARCTE...
The Social Economy of Single Motherhood: Raising Children in Rural America
Nelson, Margaret THE SOCIAL ECONOMY OF SINGLE MOTHERHOOD: RAISING CHILDREN IN RURAL AMERICA. New York, NY: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, 2005. 228 pp. Price: US $29.95 (pb), US $95.00 (hc). ISBN: 0415947774 (hc).Reviewed by: KAREN MARCH*Most...
Transmission of Religious Beliefs across Generations: Do Grandparents Matter?+
INTRODUCTIONAlthough the transmission of religious values and beliefs across generations is one of the primary means by which continuity is maintained in the American family, cultural critics of contemporary family life maintain that the capacity of...
Variations in Support Exchange by Marital Status and Gender*
BACKGROUNDFor most people, informal networks of family and friends provide die ties along which social, emotional, instrumental, material, and financial assistance is exchanged. For many with scant resources, informal exchange is key in enabling survival...
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