Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 33, No. 1, Winter

A Demographic Analysis of Family Households in China, 1982-1995
INTRODUCTON Since 1982, when the third modern Chinese census was conducted1, socioeconomic development level and people's living standards in China have increased rapidly. Under the tremendously changed social and economic environment, what is the general...
Beyond Gender Differences: Adaptation to Aging in Life Course Perspective
HATCH, Laurie Russell, BEYOND GENDER DIFFERENCES: Adaptation to Aging in Life Course Perspective. Amityville, NY: Baywood Press, 2000, 268 pp., $44.00 hardcover. Reviewed by: JUDITH G. GONYEA* Interest in how we adapt to aging is a relatively new area...
"Chaemyoun-Saving (Face Saving)" Due to Korean Job Loss: Listening to Men's Voices
Job loss is one of the most significant stressors affecting family life. Most research studies in the United States and Europe confirm that job loss is linked with a variety of symptoms of psychological distress, including feelings of uselessness, depressed...
Consensual Unions in Latin America: Persistence of a Dual Nuptiality System
INTRODUCTION Family formation patterns have undergone significant transformations in the past decades. Among recent trends, the rise in cohabitation has attracted particular attention in the demographic and sociological literature (Bumpass et al., 1991)....
Daughters and Wives as Informal Care Givers of the Chronically Ill Elderly in Trinidad
INTRODUCTION Caribbean societies are having to take cognisance of a relatively new reality. This reality is the existence of a fairly large number of older people in their midst. Some of these older people are employed, active and able, but others are...
Editor's Note
We are now in our 31st year of publishing the Journal of Comparative Family Studies and have been able to provide a unique contribution to cross-cultural family studies. We are very pleased at the continued interest and support we receive throughout...
Effects of Ethnicity on the Onset of Parenthood in a Developing Country: Some Evidence from the Early 1990s
BACKGROUND Much has been written about the reproductive-related behavior of women in the subSaharan African region (Caldwell, 1982; Caldwell and Caldwell, 1987; Lesthaeghe et al., 1989; Dodoo, 1998; Addai, 1999). In general, findings from these studies...
Factors Affecting Birth Spacing among the Agrarian Families in a North Jordanian Village
INTRODUCTION Birth spacing, the time period between subsequent births, has received great attention by both anthropologists and sociologists for a number of reasons; from an empirical standpoint, it can affect the rate of growth of a population through...
Family in the Caribbean: Themes and Perspectives
BARROW, Christine, FAMILY IN THE CARIBBEAN: Themes and Perspectives. Toronto, Ontario: Irwin Publishing, 1999, 472pp., $24.95 softcover. The past decade has witnessed a rash of scholarship on family in the Caribbean. Christine Barrow, who has authored...
Generation in Jeopardy: Children in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union
ZOUEV, Alexandre, ed., GENERATION IN JEOPARDY: Children in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Annonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 1998, 206 pp., $42.95 hardcover / $19.95 softcover. For one more familiar with literature on "at-risk" children...
Latino Elders and the Twenty-First Century: Issues and Challenges for Culturally Competent Research and Practice
DELGADO, Melvin, ed., LATINO ELDERS AND THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: Issues and Challenges for Culturally Competent Research and Practice. New York, NY. Haworth Press, Inc., 1998, 207pp., $49.95 hardcover. This collection of articles, co-published simultaneously...
Managing to Make It: Urban Families and Adolescent Success
FURSTENBERG, Frank F Jr., Thomas D. COOK, Jacquelynne ECCLES, Glen H. ELDER, Jr., and Arnold SAMEROFF, MANAGING TO MAKE IT: Urban Families and Adolescent Success. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1999, 305 pp., $ 32.50 hardcover / $17.00...
Muslims in the Diaspora: The Somali Communities of London and Toronto
MCGOWN,Rima Berns,, MUSLIMS IN THE DIASPORA: The Sanati Communities London and Toronto. Toronto, Ontario: Toronto University Press, 1999, 302 pp., $60.00 hardcover / $24.95 softcover. Reviewed by: RABIBA ZAMAN Rima Berns McGown's book explores the dilemmas...
Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights
PARENS, Erik and Adrienne ASCH, eds., PRENATAL TESTING AND DISABILITY RIGHTS. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2000, 371 pp., $65.00 hardcover / $23.95 softcover. Reviewed by: SARA S. BACHMAN* Normative obstetrical care in the United States...
Reflections on Anger: Women and Men in a Changing Society
REISER, Christa, REFLECTIONS ON ANGER: Women and Men in a Changing Society. Westport, Cr: Greenwood Press, 1999, 156pp., $55.00 hardcover. Reflections on Anger by Christa Reiser-is a clear and articulate analysis of gender differences in the experience...
Structural and Personal Contexts of Discipline Orientations of Guyanese Parents: Theoretic and Empirical Considerations
Since Rawlins' (1987) critique that the Caribbean literature was deficient in its emphasis on the interactional and dynamic feature of families, the empirical response has been rather measured. Except for Wilson and Kpsowa's (1994) study of paternal...
White, Women in Sub-Saharan Africa: Restoring Women to History
BERGER, Iris and E. Frances WHITE, WOMEN IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: Restoring Women to History. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1999,168 pp., $25.00 hardcover /$12.95 softcover. This volume is the second phase of a larger project whose goal is...
Working Women/cloistered Men: A Family Development Approach to Marriage Arrangements among Ultra-Orthodox Jews
INTRODUCTION Women's labor force participation has been increasing both in the United States (Wilkie, 1991) and elsewhere (Richter, 1994; Meleis and Bernal, 1995; Mehra et al., 1996) as they take additional responsibility for the support of children...
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