Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1, Winter

Abandoned Children
PANTER-BRICK, Catherine and Malcolm T. SMITH, eds., ABANDONED CHILDREN. Port Chester. NY: Cambridge University Press. 2000, 231pp., $19.95 softcoverand $54.95 hardcover.In North America public perception of the abandonment of children is most commonly...
AMERICA'S CHILD CARE PROBLEM: The Way Out
HELBURN, Suzanne W. and Barbara R. BERGMANN. AMERICA'S CHILD CARE PROBLEM: The Way Out. New York, NY: Global Publishing at St. Martin's Press, 2003, 262pp., $19.95 softcover.Helburn and Bergman review the current problems with child care in the United...
A Quantitative and Qualitative Approach to Social Relationships and Well-Being in the United States and Japan*
It is well established that social relationships influence individuals' psychological well-being by providing love, intimacy, reassurance of worth, tangible assistance, and guidance (e.g., Rowe & Kahn, 1998; Sarason et al., 1990). Across the life...
CHILD REARING IN AMERICA: Challenges Facing Parents with Young Children
HALFON, Neal, Taaffe McLEARN and Mark SCHUSTER, eds., CHILD REARING IN AMERICA: Challenges Facing Parents with Young Children. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2002, 428pp., $24.00 softcover, $65.00 hardcover.Child Rearing in America: Challenges...
Emile Durkheim on the Family
LAMANNA, Mary Ann, EMILE DURKHEIM ON THE FAMILY. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc., 2002, 287 pp., $34.95 softcover, $74.95 hardcover.The goal of this book is to present a comprehensive review of Emile Durkheim's work on the family. Going beyond...
Generational and Cultural Changes in Family Life in the United Arab Emirates: A Comparison of Mothers and Daughters
INTRODUCTIONHistorically, gender roles and family relationships in Middle Eastern culture have been very traditional and steeped in beliefs and customs stemming from Islam. With rapid economic development and modernization, changes may be occurring among...
Impact of Background Variables on Attitudes about Family Life: A Comparative Analysis of Parents and Offspring in Israel*
INTRODUCTIONThe dramatic changes that family life has undergone, and which Dumon (1995) refers to as "family mutation," are related to technological, economic, techno-scientific and political changes in post-industrial society since World War II, especially...
Marriage Form and Duration of Postmarital Co-Residence with Parents in Rural China: Evidence from Songzi*
INTRODUCTIONFamily and kinship system generally refers to the customary, normative manner in which family processes unfold, i.e., the usual preferred pattern of family practices and household dynamics. The key elements usually included in the family...
Parenting Self-Efficacy among Japanese Mothers
INTRODUCTIONResearchers seeking the key to Japanese children's social adjustment and high achievement find evidence that Japanese mothers are sensitive and responsive in interactions with their children, and that they effectively support their work in...
RELATIVE VALUES: Reconfiguring Kinship Studies
FRANKLIN, Sarah and Susan McKINNON, eds., RELATIVE VALUES: Reconfiguring Kinship Studies. Durham. NC: Duke University Press, 2001, 519 pp., $21.95 softcover, $64.95 hardcover.The editors of the present collection of papers, Sarah Franklin and Susan McKinnon,...
REMAKING THE AMERICAN MAINSTREAM: Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration
ALBA, Richard and Victor NEE. REMAKING THE AMERICAN MAINSTREAM: Assimilation and Contemporary Immigration. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2003, 359pp., $39.95 hardcover.This extremely well-researched and well-thought-out book takes...
Should We Worry about Family Change?
LEWIS, Jane, SHOULD WE WORRY ABOUT FAMELY CHANGE? Toronto, Ontario, Canada: University of Toronto Press, 2003, 232pp., $40.00 hardcover.The book by Jane Lewis is based on lectures within the Joanne Goodman Lectures Series at the University of Western...
The Dynamics of Timing and Spacing of Births in Ghana
RESEARCH CONTEXTFor the past half century, several theoretical approaches have been developed and refined to explain variations in fertility (e.g., Blake and Davis, 1956; Becker, 1960; Easterlin, 1975; Bongaarts, 1978). While these models have undoubtedly...
The "Flight from Marriage" in South-East and East Asia*
In the past, marriage was close to universal in most Asian countries. The proportion of women aged 45-49 remaining unmarried exceeded 2% only in Sri Lanka, Myanmar and the Philippines (Smith, 1980). But this is no longer the case. Over the past two decades...
THE SILK WEAVERS OF KYOTO: Family and Work in a Changing Traditional Industry
HAREVEN, Tamara K., THE SILK WEAVERS OF KYOTO: Family and Work in a Changing Traditional Industry. Berkley, California: University of California, 2002, 347 pp., $21.95 softcover, $55.00 hardcover.In this book Tamara Hareven presents her studies on silk...
THE VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES OF DISABLED CHILDREN AND THEIR SIBLINGS: A Positive Outlook
CONNORS, Clare and Kirsten STALKER, THE VIEWS AND EXPERIENCES OF DISABLED CHILDREN AND THEIR SIBLINGS: A Positive Outlook. Independence, KY: Taylor & Francis/Routeledge, 2003, 187 pp., $24.95 softcover.This short book, set in Great Britain, looks...
UNEQUAL CHILDHOODS: Class, Race, and Family Life
LAREAU, Annette. UNEQUAL CHILDHOODS: Class, Race, and Family Life. Berkeley, CA: The University of California Press, 2003, 331 pp., $21.95 softcover and $55.00 hardcover.Unequal Childhoods is an important contribution to the literature on social class...
Women's Status and Marital Satisfaction in Bolivia
Varying viewpoints on the construction and maintenance of satisfactory marriages and families assess the impact of recent social changes on the quality of family life differently. The conservative view raises alarm that the family is weakening. According...
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