Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 3, Summer

Cross-Cultural Studies of Families: Hidden Differences
The conduct of research across cultures is made more complex for many reasons, such as definition of constructs, relevance of constructs, issues on which people are willing to report honestly, differences in diversity of population within countries/cultures,...
Dual Legal System, Basotho Culture and Marital Stability
INTRODUCTION Lesotho has its indigenous or customary law and today the country has additional law that has been received from the Cape Colony, Holland and Britain. Thus a modern man or woman in Lesotho has a foot in two cultures. (Maqutu, 1992). When...
Family Backgrounds of Teenage Female Sex Workers in Istanbul Metropolitan Area
INTRODUCTION The International Labour Organisation targeting to eliminate child labour is directing special attention to one of its most intolerable and abusive forms- juvenile prostitution. The strategies addressed to this serious social problem call...
Life Course, Households and Institutions: Brazil and Mexico
INTRODUCTION The phases of the demographic transition - pretransitional, beginning, advanced and postransitional - change the availability of individuals in each cohort. On the other hand, these demographic changes play a role in couple and family relationships...
Parental Leave and Father Involvement in Child Care: Sweden and the United States
EMPLOYMENT LEAVE POLICY AND PROGRAMS In Sweden, the establishment of unpaid maternity leave for three months in 1937 was a significant first step towards the development of parental leave. Granting mothers the right to take voluntary leave from employment...
Relational Values and Ideas regarding "Successful Aging"
INTRODUCTION Ideas regarding the gerontological term known as successful aging date back to 44 BC when Cicero wrote an essay on the nature of good aging (Od6n, 1996 and Bowling, 1993). In it, he claimed that in order to age well one needs to take care...
The Changing Role of the Husband/father in the Dual-Earner Family in South Africa
INTRODUCTION When a bird's eye view is given of family theory of the twentieth century, one of the aspects that clearly comes to the fore, is that of the fact that both the family as a social institution and the family on collectivity level have constantly...
The Elder in the Cuban American Family: Making Sense of the Real and Ideal
INTRODUCTION On a visit to a public housing building for elders in the City of Miami, Florida (U.S.A.), I was greeted in the lobby by a slight and energetic Cuban woman of about 70 years of age. The woman invited me into her neat little one bedroom apartment...
The Linkage between Work and Family: Female's Employment Patterns in Three Chinese Societies
The significant rise of female's labor force participation in recent decades has become a focal topic worldwide. Outside of western industrialized nations, female's employment has been examined from its overall demographic trend, its contribution to...
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