Journal of Comparative Family Studies

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

Articles from Vol. 44, No. 5, September/October

Adult Sibling and Sibling-in-Law Relationships in South Korea: Continuity and Change of Confucian Family Norms
INTRODUCTIONSibling relationships are a growing area of family research given their unique lifelong, horizontal ties through shared life histories (Connidis, 2001). Three key characteristics that scholars have noted are that sibling relationships are...
Applying Family Systems Theory to Mediation: A Practitioner's Guide
Wayne F. Regina. Applying Family Systems Theory to Mediation: A Practitioner's Guide. Lanham, MD: University Press of America (2011). 172 pages, ISBN 9780761855743.Wayne Regina's very informative book synthesizes the practice of family therapy and mediation...
Children's Perceptions and Definitions of Family in China, Ecuador, Turkey, and the United States
INTRODUCTIONHistorically, children were frequently studied to understand their views and definitions of family and the roles of individuals within families (Britton & Brittion, 1971; Emmerich, 1961; Kagan, Hoskin, & Watson, 1961; Piaget, 1928;...
Editor Comments
The reason that this issue is so exciting is quite different from many other issues published this past year. Most of the other issues were distinguished by clusters of two or three papers on somewhat related or cognate areas such as family resilience...
Ethnic Affiliation of Children and the Risk of Union Dissolution
INTRODUCTIONMany studies have found that ethnic heterogamy, or exogamy, is associated with increased dissolution risks of marriages and cohabiting unions (Jones, 1996; Finnäs, 1997; Kalmijn et al., 2005; Dribe and Lundh, 2012; Saarela and Finnäs, 2014)....
European Men's Use of Parental Leave and Their Involvement in Child Care and Housework
INTRODUCTIONAlthough parental leave has long formed part of traditional labor relations, it was not until the nineteen seventies that it began to be regarded in some Scandinavian countries as a way of balancing work and family life as well as of enhancing...
Listen, Here Is a Story: Ethnographic Life Narratives from Aka and Ngandu Women of the Congo Basin
Bonnie L. Hewlett Listen, Here Is a Story: Ethnographic Life Narratives from Aka and Ngandu Women of the Congo Basin. Ithaca, NY: Oxford University Press (2012). 272 pages, ISBN 978-0199764235.An anthropologist engaged in participant observation, Bonnie...
Making and Faking Kinship: Marriage and Labor Migration between China and South Korea
Caren Freeman. Making and Faking Kinship: Marriage and Labor Migration between China and South Korea. Ithaca, New York: Cornell University Press (2011). 280 pages, ISBN 978-0801449581.Caren Freeman's Making and Faking Kinship: Marriage and Labor Migration...
Marriage and Cohabitation in South Africa: An Enriching Explanation?
INTRODUCTIONPatterns of marriage and family formation have changed dramatically in South Africa in recent years (Hosegood et al., 2009; Poseí, et al., 2011). Many of the trends-such as the declining rates ofmarriage of women (Amoateng, 2004; Poseí et...
Unique Influences on American Indian Relationship Quality: An American-Indian and Caucasian Comparison
INTRODUCTIONAmerican Indian families have unique strengths despite the discrimination and trauma that have weakened their cultural and familial structures. For example, American Indian traditions, such as strong respect for tribal elders, family, and...
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