Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 3, Autumn

A Descriptive Study of African-American Mother-Child Communication about Drugs and Health
A Descriptive Study of African-American Mother-Child Communication about Drugs and Health Parents' teaching styles and values about health shape children's health behaviors and attitudes. Parental influence is particularly salient with their children's...
AIDS and the New Orphans: Coping with Death
DANE, Barbara 0. and Carol LEVINE, eds., AIDS AND THE NEW ORPHANS: Coping with Death. West Port, CT: Auburn House, 1994, 158pp., $17.95 softcover. Since the AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) appeared on the scene in late 1970s, it has been treated...
Attitudes toward Family and Gender Roles: A Comparison of English and French Canadian Women
ZHENG WU** and DOUGLAS E. BAER*** Recent studies provide clear evidence of a profound transformation in attitudes toward family related behaviors and gender roles in much of the Western world over the past three decades. Research documenting these attitudinal...
Canadian Families, Past and Present (2Nd Ed)
NETT, Emily M., CANADIAN FAMILIES, PAST AND PRESENT (2nd Ed), Toronto, Ontario: Butterworth's, 1993, 427pp., $32.95 hardcover. This second edition by a reputable Canadian family sociologist carries the same style, organization and format as the first...
Child Care Policy in Canada: Putting the Pieces Together
FRIENDLY, Martha, CHILD CARE POLICY IN CANADA: Putting the Pieces Together. Don Mills, Ontario: Addison-Wesley, 1994, 294pp., $32.95 softcover. In the mid-nineties in Canada, child care is a topic on which there has been much scholarly and policy thinking,...
Family Planning among Rural Moslem Women in Israel
INTRODUCTION The acceptance of family planning and contraceptives by a society depends very much on its inner life style. Religious edicts, social mores and tradition may impose restrictions on aspirations to limit family size. However, when a population...
Family Transformations across the Canadian/American Border: When the Laggard Becomes the Leader
Family Transformations across the Canadian/American Border: When the Laggard becomes the Leader CELINE LE BOURDAIS and NICOLE MARCIL-GRATTON The United States and Canada, like other developed countries, have experienced similar demographic trends over...
Legitimate Acts and Illegal Encounters: Law and Society in Antigua and Barbuda
LAZARUS-BLACK, Mindie, LEGITIMATE ACTS AND ILLEGAL ENCOUNTERS: Law and Society in Antigua and Barbuda. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1994, 357pp., $24.05 softcover/$49.00 hardcover. This study of kinship and family in the Caribbean...
Marriage and Family among the Tribals of Kerala: A Study of the Mannans of Idukky District
INTRODUCTION The subject of investigation in this paper is the status of family and marriage among the Mannans - a tribal community of Kerala, which is one of the thirty five Scheduled Tribes of the state of Kerala. The Scheduled Tribes are those tribes...
Tales & Transformations: Stories in Families and Family Therapy
ROBERTS, Janine, TALES & TRANSFORMATIONS: Stories in Families and Family Therapy. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1994, 230pp., $27.00 US, $35.00 Canadian, hardcover. Reviewed by: CHESTER A. WINTON This book explores the role of storytelling in a therapeutic...
The Impact of Wish for Children and Having Children on Attainment and Importance of Life Values
HELENA WILLEN* and HENRY MONTGOMERY** The fertility pattern changes over time, which makes it complicated to predict future family planning patterns. The present study aims at studying factors relevant for childbearing decisions in Sweden, which is a...
The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States
LAUMANN, Edward O., John H. GAGNON, Robert T. MICHAEL, and Stuart MICHAELS, THE SOCIAL ORGANIZATION OF SEXUALITY: Sexual Practices in the United States, Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press, 1994, 718pp., $49.95 hardcover. This book reflects...
Variation and Fluidity in Household Composition in Phoenix, Durban
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this paper is to analyze the structural characteristics of a group of Indian households which do not conform to the conventional notion of patrilineal joint family. It attempts to delineate the variations in lower class household...
Violence in the Lives of Adolescents
STRAUS, Martha B., VIOLENCE IN THE LIVES OF ADOLESCENTS. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 1994, 238pp., $27.00 hardcover. This volume is a welcome addition to the expanding literature on family violence. The author, a clinical psychologist, begins with the...
When Drug Addicts Have Children: Reorienting Child Welfare's Response
BESHAROV, Douglas J., ed., WHEN DRUG ADDICTS HAVE CHILDREN: Reorienting Child Welfare 's Response. Washington, DC: Child Welfare League of America/American Enterprise Institute, 1994, 271 pp., $26.95 softcover. Reviewed by: MARY JANE S. VAN METER The...
Women and the Family
O'CONNELL, Helen, prepared, WOMEN AND THE FAMILY, London, England: Zed Books, 1994, 140 pp., $17.50 softcover/$49.94 hardcover. This volume is the eighth in the Women and World Development Series, developed by the UN-NGO Group on Women and Development,...
Women, Paid-Work and the Family: In the Islamic Republic of Iran
Women, Paid - Work and the Family: In the Islamic Republic of Iran PARVIN GHORAYSHI** INTRODUCTION There is an impressive volume of research on gender issues in developing countries. This expanding literature rightly stresses the centrality of multiple...
Women's Employment or Return to "Family Values" in Central-Eastern Europe
BARBARA LOBODZINSKA * Socialism in Central-Eastern Europe reinforced only the formerly existing traditional patriarchal system by allowing men to run governments and by fortifying their leading positions at home and work. The basic socialist legal foundations...
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