Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1, Spring

African American Families in Diversity: Gay Men and Lesbians as Participants in Family Networks
African American Families in Diversity: Gay Men and Lesbians as Participants in Family Networks* VICKIE M. MAYS** LINDA M. CHATTERS*** SUSAN D. COCHRAN**** JOANNA MACKNESS** A growing body of research addresses the nature and determinants of social networks...
Comparative Perspectives on Black Family Life: Uncommon Explorations of a Common Subject
WALTER R. ALLEN * and ANGELA D. JAMES ** During the past three decades, well over a thousand publications have been added to the research record on African American families in the United States (for detailed reviews of the literature, see: Staples and...
Division of Household Work between Partners: A Comparison of Black and White Couples
Division of Household Work Between Partners: A Comparison of Black and White Couples* YOSHINORI KAMO** and ELLEN L. COHEN** While there is a large amount of research and knowledge on the division of household work among White couples, the division of...
Family Contributions to Risk and Resilience in African American Children
Family Contributions to Risk and Resilience in African American Children* HECTOR F. MYERS** and SYLVIE TAYLOR*** There is substantial evidence that African American children living in urban poverty run a disproportionately higher risk for negative psychosocial...
Family Relations and the Self-Concepts of African Adolescents: Gender-Related Differences
INTRODUCTION The family as a major socialization institution has been generally considered an important social context for the development of children and adolescents (Bretherton, 1985). It is regarded as a social environment where one's sense of self...
Infant Feeding Behavior and Caretaker-Infant Relationships in Black Families
INTRODUCTION In the past decades, knowledge of the behavioral capacities of the newborn infant has increased dramatically. Infant feeding behavior represents one of the most well-developed behavioral systems in the human newborn infant. The mechanisms...
Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Nation: Some Implications for Black Family Studies
Much social science research defines race, class, gender and nationality as descriptive variables attached to individuals who are then reinserted into existing theoretical models on the family. In contrast, intersectional approaches view institutionalized...
Marriage and Marital Dissolution among Black Americans
THE DECLINE OF MARRIAGE As recently as 1970, married-couple households far outnumbered households headed by unmarried women among Blacks. Yet by 1993, among Black family households with children present, a majority (53 percent) were headed by unmarried...
Newlywed's Narrative Themes: Meaning in the First Year of Marriage for African American and White Couples
Researchers have devoted special attention to examining divergent marriage patterns among African Americans and Whites (Bennett et al., 1989), as well as attitudinal and motivational factors that influence the decision (Bulcroft and Bulcroft, 1993) or...
Psychological Well-Being and Perceived Marital Opportunity among Single African American, Latina, and White Women
This article examines the relationship between perceived marital opportunity and indicators of psychological well-being among single women of different ethnic ancestry. The context of this study is the dramatic decline in marriage among African Americans,...
The Impact of Women's Socioeconomic Position on Marriage Patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa
The received wisdom has been that marriage in sub-Saharan Africa was "early and universal" (van de Walle, 1968). This opinion is based on data that was poor in both quantity and quality. The collection of data in the last twenty years has been prolific...
The Influence of Physical Maturation and Hassles on African American Adolescents' Learning Behaviors
The Influence of Physical Maturation and Hassles on African American Adolescents' Learning Behaviors* MARGARET BEALE SPENCER ** DAVIDO DUPREE *** DENA PHILLIPS SWANSON **** MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM ***** Adapting to the physiological changes associated with...
Understanding Black Family Functioning: A Holistic Perspective
ROBERT B. HILL As the twentieth century comes to a close, African American communities across this nation are in crisis. Unemployment, poverty, crime, drug abuse, and HIV/AIDS infection are at record rates in many low-income Black neighborhoods in both...
Unmarried African American Fathers: A Comparative Life Span Analysis
PHILLIP J. BOWMAN' and RELIFORD SANDERS" This study investigates the link between family provider role difficulties and psychosocial functioning among unmarried African American fathers. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in the relation...
What African American Mothers Perceive They Socialize Their Children to Value When Telling Them Brer Rabbit Stories
For centuries, Brer Rabbit stories have communicated the values and experiences of enslaved Africans and of indigenous African American culture (Abrahams, 1975, 1985; Stuckey,1987). According to Blassingame (1972:127), Brer Rabbit stories are "a projection...
Woman-to-Woman Marriage: Practices and Benefits in Sub-Saharan Africa
INTRODUCTION Ethnographic studies reveal that many African societies have practiced woman-towoman marriage, and some still do (Herskovits, 1937; Krige, 1974; Obbo, 1976; O'Brien, 1977; Oboler, 1980).' Woman-to-woman marriage, also known as woman marriage...
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