Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 2, Spring

A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Mate Preferences among University Students; the United States vs. the People's Republic of China (PRC)
INTRODUCTIONResearch on gender differences in mate preference has developed and flourished over the years (see for example, Buss and Barnes, 1986; Howard, Blumstein, and Schwartz, 1987; Sprecher, Sullivan, and Hatfield, 1994, among others). Sociological...
Age, Gender and Socioeconomic Differences in Parental Socialization Preferences in Guyana
INTRODUCTIONStudies of kinship organization and the structural features of family dominate the literature on Caribbean families (Smith, 1956; Clarke, 1966; Smith, 1965; Rubenstein, 1983; Gonzales, 1969; Otterbein, 1965). However, much less is known about...
Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America
ROCKQUEMORE, Kerry Ann and David L. BRUNSMA, BEYOND BLACK: Biracial Identity in America. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications, 2002,179 pp., $29.95 softcover.This informative and provocative text reports valuable exploratory survey research of...
Cross-Cultural Research Methods
EMBER, Carol R. and Melvin EMBER. CROSS-CULTURAL RESEARCH METHODS. Walnut Creek, California: AltaMira Press, 2001, 164pp., $ 18.95 softcover.This volume is intended as a how-to book, where experienced cross-cultural researchers show how to develop a...
Extraordinary Behavior; A Case Study Approach to Understanding Social Problems
PECK, Dennis L. and Norman A. DOLCH, eds., EXTRAORDINARY BEHAVIOR; A case Study Approach to Understanding Social Problems. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing Corp., Inc., 2001, 276pp., $24.95 hardcover.This is a major, research- and evidence-based...
Fatherless Costa Rica: Child Acknowledgement and Support among Lone Mothers
INTRODUCTIONCosta Rica has a long history, shared with other Latin American countries, of high proportions of unmarried mothers, and children who are not acknowledged by their fathers (Perez Brignoli 1981 ). The proportion of out-of-wedlock births in...
Lifestyle Differences in Traditionalism and Modernity and Reasons for Divorce among Muslim Palestinian Citizens of Israel*
In addition to being a personal act between two adults, divorce is a social and legal act, whose repercussions may extend well beyond the spouses, not only to their children, but also to the extended family and community as a whole. It is thus not surprising...
Moments of Truth: The Experiences of Wives in HIV/AIDS Affected Nuclear Households in Mumbai
Policies of community care in the contemporary world mandate the care for ill and infirm individuals to be the domain of the family. In HIV/AIDS, these policies are promoted by the adoption of the continuum of care model as the globally recognised and...
Perceptions of Acceptable Mate Attributes in Ecuador
To date, relatively little social science research has focused on couple formation or mate selection in Latin American cultures, even though it has been a staple topic in North America. The purpose of this project is to provide some exploratory information...
The Rising of the Women: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict 1880-1917
TAX, Meredith, THE RISING OF THE WOMEN: Feminist Solidarity and Class Conflict 1880-1917. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2001, 331pp., $18.95 softcover.The struggle of labor to organize and press for an array of changes in working conditions,...
The Social and Demographic Contours of Contemporary Grandparenthood: Mapping Patterns in Canada and the United States
INTRODUCTIONResearch in the area of grandparenthood has been steadily growing for over two decades. Cumulatively, this work suggests that grandparenthood is a contingent and complex process which is largely shaped and mediated by influences including,...
Working Families: The Transformation of the American Home
HERTZ, Rosanna and Nancy L. MARSHALL, eds., WORKING FAMILIES: The Transformation of the American Home. Berkeley, CA: The University of California Press, 2001, 389pp., $19.95 softcover/$50.00 hardcover.Working Families: The Transformation of the American...
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