Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Journal of Family (and) Consumer Sciences is a peer-reviewed journal of family and consumer sciences covering research to practice. Founded in 1909, it is a quarterly publication published by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Articles from Vol. 102, No. 2, Spring

100 Years of Sharpening Our Professional Scissors Has Kept Us on the Cutting Edge
Ellen Richards and her followers believed that applying science and research to issues at home could help save society. The vision for our second century is closely aligned with that belief: "Individuals, families and communities are achieving optimal...
2010 AAFCS Conference: Tattoos, Line Dancing, and More!
Student Unit OfficersLinsey Johnson, ChairUniversity of GeorgiaLjohns30@uga.eduShannon WilliamsFirst Vice ChairPurdue Universitywilli223@purdue.eduAmanda ReppSecretaryIowa State Universityalrepp@iastate.eduLarissa StaleyImmediate Past ChairThe June AAFCS...
Adolescent Weight Preoccupation: Influencing Factors and Entertainment Media Exposure
This study examined how boys' and girls' weight preoccupation varied by grade level, parent-child relationships, self-classified weight, entertainment media exposure levels, and gender. Seventh-grade girls (n = 190) and boys (n = 132) and 10th-grade...
Collaborative Test Reviews: Student Performance
A group study method proved helpful in improving senior-level students' performance on unit tests through collaborative learning. Students of a History of Textiles course voluntarily attended study sessions to review course content and prepare for unit...
Educator Teams Up to Teach Finance to Young Children
Based on current research and conventional wisdom, financial education should begin at an early age. With the exception of a few generally underutilized in- school banking programs, Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore, like so many other areas across the...
Exploring Investor Decisions in a Behavioral Finance Framework
The first objective of this article is to increase awareness and understanding of individual decision-making biases. The second is to provide FCS professionals with strategies to improve consumer financial decisions. Individual decision biases are presented...
Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): Preparing Families for Disaster
Most people don't think about a disaster until it happens. Each year, without warning, disasters disrupt hundreds of thousands of Uves in the United States and throughout the world. Disaster related emergencies trigger lasting effects on people and property....
Florida Affiliate: Building Homes Stamp by Stamp
In 2006, the Florida Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (FAFCS) originated a program with the Habitat for Humanity Stamp Program of LakeSumter. This one-of-a-kind program has built two homes for Habitat for Humanity and is working on a third....
JAMA Article Supports FCS in War on Obesity
How many times have you heard family and consumer sciences (FCS) colleagues say, "The issues facing families today are our issues. Whether its childhood obesity, financial security, dysfunctional relationships, or excessive expenditure of energy, these...
Million-Girl Revolution
Dallas Jessup, a freshman this past year at Vanderbilt University (TN), became involved in making a difference for girls ages 11 to 19 with the goal of "teaching girls to fight back against predators and sexual assault." In the last 5 years, she has...
OSU Extension, Ohio Aging Network Join Forces: Creating Resources for Successful Aging
Ohio State University Extension and Ohio's Aging Network professionals have worked together for more than a decade to address issues of importance to Ohio's older adult population. The team's mission is to provide education, training, and resources to...
Perceptions of High School FCS Programs: A Case Study of School Counselors in Iowa
While family and consumer sciences (FCS) programs in secondary schools may be in jeopardy and, simultaneously, with the public outcry to improve essential skills for independent living, this study reaffirms the critical role school counselors play in...
Teaching for Creativity through Fashion Design
In today's high technology, globally interdependent world, we must educate students to achieve to their highest capacity. The goal of this middle school fashion design project was to develop a classroom environment that promoted teaching for creativity....
The FCS Body of Knowledge: Shaping the Next 100 Years
This article shares the Body of Knowledge (BOK) as articulated in the new Accreditation Documents for Undergraduate Programs in Family and Consumer Sciences (2010). The purpose of sharing the BOK is to enhance awareness of the current knowledge base...
The Future Is Now
The year 2009 marked the 100th year of AAFCS and the last year of the first decade of a new century and of the millennium. We celebrated the past; the future is now - we are in the future. Many have asked, what will the next 100 years hold for AAFCS?...
The Power of One: The Impact of Family and Consumer Sciences Education on Environmental Sustainability
The issues related to environmental sustainability can be overwhelming. It is difficult to imagine that actions of one person could make a difference. This article addresses that perception and illustrates the impact of one person, a family and consumer...
Understanding Green Purchase Behavior: College Students and Socialization Agents
Taking the perspective of consumer socialization theory, this study examined the influences of different socialization agents on consumers' purchases of green products. A total of 224 surveys were distributed to students enrolled in a business-related...