Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 2, March/April

Editor's Comments
This issue pursues two interesting and important themes regarding family. The first of these themes concerns the broad area of constraints on parenting. The second theme focuses on arranged marriages and the traditional beliefs that support these marriages.PARENTING...
Exploring the Myth of Mixed Marriages in India: Evidence from a Nation-Wide Survey
INTRODUCTIONInter-marriages have attracted considerable research attention all over the world since the beginning of the twentieth century. Social scientists have shown keen interest in the study of different forms of inter-marriages. From time immemorial,...
Faith, Conversion, and Challenge: A Qualitative Study of Chinese Immigrant Christian Marriage (in the USA)
INTRODUCTIONResearch on religion and family life has increased markedly over the past twenty years. Furthermore, the impact of religion on family life is now beginning to be recognized as a significant issue which deserves greater study As Houseknecht...
Family Flexibility and Children's Time Involvement with Parents
INTRODUCTIONInequalities in children's well-being across types of family structures have been of concern to academics and policy makers (e.g., Artis, 2007; Martin, 2006). One of the mechanisms linking family structure and inequalities in children's well-being-especially...
Gay Dads: The Transition to Adoptive Parenthood
Abbie E. Goldberg. Gay Dads: The Transition to Adoptive Parenthood. New York, NY: New York University Press (2012). 235 pages, ISBN: 9780814732243.Reviewed by: Richard Sullivan, School of Social Work, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Canada.In...
Heredity, Family, and Inequality: A Critique of Social Sciences
Michael Beenstock. Heredity, Family, and Inequality: A Critique of Social Sciences. Cambridge, MA: The MITPress (2012). 474 pages, ISBN: 9780262016926.Reviewed by: Jay Teachman, Sociology Department, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WAUSA.This...
Kin in Daily Routines: Time Use and Childrearing in Rural South Africa
INTRODUCTIONIt has long been established that models of child rearing function according to cultural norms and contextual needs (Levine, 1974; Harkness «fe Super, 1983; Ogbu, 1979). A critical component of any model is time use. Many studies on time...
Parenting Constraints and Supports of Young Low-Income Mothers in Rural United States
INTRODUCTIONBecoming a parent is a major life-changing event in which consistent daily stressors can decrease a parent's self-efficacy, confidence, and ability to perform the tasks associated with parenting (Coleman & Karraker, 1998). The majority...
Recent Changes in the Post-Yugoslav Family: The Disappearance of the Last Extended Family in Europe
HISTORICAL INTRODUCTIONIn order to begin an examination into family structure change over the last two decades in the post-Yugoslav lands, a longer historical view is needed, since what existed some two decades ago in Yugoslavia varied widely, and a...
"Why Would Such a Person Dream about Heaven?" Family, Faith, and Happiness in Arranged Marriages in India
INTRODUCTIONMarriage is a fundamental and important institution across the large majority of cultures and societies around the world (Myers, Madathil, and Tingle, 2005). Studies have shown that marital quality directly correlates with physical, mental,...
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