Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 1, Winter

Caring Responsibilities, Change and Transitions in Young People's Family Lives in Zambia 1
INTRODUCTIONDespite diversity in family dynamics within and between societies, globally, it is adults who are usually relied upon to care for family members who are sick, disabled or have other care needs (Evans and Becker, 2009). Family relationships...
Changes in Brideprice Payments in Christian and Muslim Villages of Kenya 1
INTRODUCTIONThis article compares rural Christian and Muslim villages of Western and Coastal Kenya. By looking at changes in brideprice practice over the last two decades, my aim is to contribute to our understanding of variations in marriage patterns...
Child Fostering in Senegal 1
INTRODUCTIONChild fostering is a practice whereby children are temporarily sent to live with a host family. The fostering period can vary from being relatively short to being veiy long (becoming a permanent move), but in any case, links with the biological...
Foster Children's Educational Outcomes When Child Fostering Is Motivated by Norms: The Case of Cameroon
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)INTRODUCTIONOne of the most striking features of Sub-Saharan African households is the complexity of their structure. At the sibship level, such a complexity is notably driven by the practice of child fostering....
Introduction to the Special Issue
The family as a universal social institution provides a stimulating area for scholarly research. It has been transforming, shedding some of its age-old features, adapting and gaining new forms, structures and functions. The family in Africa is no different....
South African Families of Indian Descent: Transmission of Racial Identity
INTRODUCTIONAccording to the 2013 mid-year population estimates, the Tndian/Asian' 'population group' is estimated at 1.3 million which is 2.5 per cent of the total South African population (Statistics South Africa, 2013). Although the majority of Indians...
Studies on African Families: In Hindsight
INTRODUCTIONFifty-three countries and hundreds of ethnic communities present the complexity of studying the family on the African continent. Scholars have however made efforts to provide a picture of this important African institution. They have focused...
The Relationship between Grandparents and Their Grandchildren in the Black Families in South Africa
INTRODUCTIONIncreasingly grandparents are assuming parenting responsibilities for their grandchildren in the family (Dolbin-Macnab, 2006). Although grandmothers comprised the majority involved in grandparenting activities, grandfathers also play a significant...
'Trying to Make South Africa My Home': Integration into the Host Society and the Well-Being of Refugee Families 1
INTRODUCTIONHosting migrants from the African subcontinent is not unknown to South .Africa. Since the late nineteenth century and all through the twentieth century?, migrant workers from southern .African countries have been an active part of the labour...
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