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. 95, No. 1, January

Africa
Africa, You are the second largest of the earth's 7 continents. You cover one-fifth of the world's total land area. 46 countries share borders on your landscape And approximately 550 million people call you home. Africa, what is happening to you, oh...
An Alternative Voice amid Teen 'Zines: An Analysis of Body-Related Content in Girl Zone
SCHOLARSHIP ABSTRACT This study explored body-related content of Girl Zone (GZ), an alternative, on-line teen magazine. Symbolic convergence theory, which illuminates how rhetorical visions within media contribute to audience perceptions of reality,...
Apparel Sweatshops at Home and Abroad: Global and Ethical Issues
SCHOLARSHIP ABSTRACT For the last 120 years, clothing has been produced at an unprecedented pace and manufactured in unparalleled volumes as a result of changes in the apparel industry. This article evaluates the historical origin of sweatshops and how...
Beatrice Paolucci: Shaping Destiny through Everyday Life
Beatrice Paolucci: Shaping Destiny Through Everyday Life Margaret M. Bubolz (2002) Kappa Omicron Nu A quote in Chapter 8 epitomizes the remarkable personal qualities and professional achievements of Beatrice Paolucci: "I will not follow where the path...
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community Robert D. Putnam (2000) New York: Simon & Schuster Robert Putnam argues that the time has come "to reweave the fabric of our communities." Evidence shows, Putnam says, that fewer and fewer...
Dealing with the Effects of Absence: Deployment and Adjustment to Separation among Military Families
SCHOLARSHIP ABSTRACT Military families experience high probabilities for separations because of the work-related absences of the military member. This analysis indicates that families with more personal, relational, financial, and Army-support assets...
Ellen Swallow Richards
Ellen H. Richards was a scholar, mentor, and visionary. She envisioned solutions where others only saw problems. In her era (1900), one out of eight graduated from high school, one in ten of the population 15 years and older were illiterate and the largest...
Engaging Non-English Speaking Parents through Computers
One aspect of global interdependence is providing support to children and families from other countries as they adjust to life in the United States. A program operating in a diverse community in Utah is using computers to help non-English speakers gain...
Family Strengths in Postcommunist Transition: Romania and the Former East Germany
SCHOLARSHIP ABSTRACT Prior to the fall of communism, little was known about the families of Eastern Europe. This study explored the experiences of families in Romania and the former East Germany during the transition period from communism. Results indicate...
FCCLA Students Experience Japan
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members Megan Horan of Rockwell City, Iowa and Dustin Williams of Marionville, Missouri spent several weeks of their summer experiencing the culture of Japan, attending a Japanese school, and becoming...
Global Interdependence: What Does It Really Mean?
Point of View Global interdependence is today's reality. But what does it really mean? It means valuing the interconnectedness and mutually dependent parts in creative ways to address the complex issues of families, communities, and countries. In the...
Globalization, Family Well-Being, and a Culture of Peace
The purpose of this paper is to stimulate discussion among family and consumer sciences professionals about the links between the movement toward a culture of peace in the context of globalization and the profession's focus on individual and family wellbeing....
Globalization on Campus: For Learning or for Profit?
In Brief In Liberal Education, Benjamin Barber examines the relationship between education, consumerism, and global interdependence. He maintains that "(t)he interdependence that characterizes the contemporary world is undermined by the commercialization...
Globalization: The Role of FCS in Shaping the New World Community
FEATURE It seems that the positive effects of "development- and "globalization" are passing up too many people. For most people living in the United States, the events of September 11 th have shaken fundamental beliefs in our nation and ourselves. In...
Having a Global View Is Now a Basic Life Skill
Point of View Each day, our world gets smaller as more and more individuals and families are able to connect regardless of geographical location, culture, language, or time zone. This requires us to step outside of our comfort zone and learn more about...
IFHE Promotes International Economics at United Nations
The International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE), founded in 1908, is a unique worldwide organization concerned with the promotion of home economics. The mission of IFHE is to provide an international forum for home economists to develop and express...
In Search of Strong, Courageous Leaders
When considering the myriad accomplishments of the family and consumer sciences profession, the common denominator is the strength of leadership that was provided. Every generation of this profession has provided its share of leadership to address the...
International Perspectives on Patients' Rights
Health care is a dynamic issue. Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of the World Health Organization stated "We have no choice: the well-being of future generations depends on how we act today" (2002, p. 17). In High Noon: 20 Global Problems,...
Introducing Our DSA Winners
Ann C. Chadwick, CFCS, retired executive director, American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, has a distinguished record of achievement in the profession through positions in business, industry, government, and AAFCS. Ann joined the staff...
Irish Study Tour Promotes Global Awareness
The Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service has a strong commitment to diversity, internationalization, and multiculturalism. "We've had an emphasis in Cooperative Extension to get international experience," says April Mason, Associate Dean of...
Meal Planning in the 21st Century Home
STRATEGIES Americans are eating out more now compared to previous time periods, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture surveys (USDA, 1996). Why? Dual career families, the lack of time for cooking, and the wide variety of choices available for prepared...
Minnesota FCCLA Creates a Caribbean Cultural Connection
Global Interdependence Strategies in Action Two thousand Minnesota students will never again take their classroom desks for granted. Thanks to the Minnesota Future Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the students learned a great deal about...
Strengths of Southern African Families and Their Cultural Context
ABSTRACT This article identifies strengths of families in Southern African and describes their cultural context. It is based on a review of literature and informal interviews in Zimbabwe. The authors describe facets of African families by illustrating...
Studying Abroad Can Make Dreams Come True
Preprofessional/ Graduate Student News "If you could go one place in the world, where would it be?' Most people quickly dismiss the possibility of actually experiencing the dream destination. Instead of making the dream a reality, we consider the cost...
Texas Volunteer Program Helps New Parents
PRACTICE The Nueces County Master Parent Volunteer Program began in 1994 as a result of documenting high rates of teen pregnancy, infant mortality, child abuse, and poverty among families new to this country. Additionally, the incidence of school drop-out,...
The Challenge of Crossing Cultures in London
It has been ten years since a group of students traveled to London to embark on the first Study Abroad in London Program, offered by the College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) at the University of Georgia. During that time, the program has involved...
The U.S. Role in Global Interdependence
In Brief In a 2001 address, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle addressed these times of increasing global interdependence. "The U.S. economy, larger than that of the next four highest nations combined, contributes to a tremendous scope of power and influence....
The Voice for Family Well-Being
Point of View For generations, family and consumer sciences professionals have emphasized individual, family, and community well-being. Katharine Alderman (1948), President of the American Home Economics Association from 1946 to 1948 stated that the...
Understanding Inclusion: The Perspectives of Family and Consumer Sciences Teachers
ABSTRACT A qualitative approach was used to study the knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors of Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) teachers involved in inclusive classrooms. Four FCS teachers were selected for participation in in-depth interviews, observations,...
Women and HIV/AIDS in Rural KwaZulu Natal, SA: An Ecological and Social Framework
Promoting and supporting women's wellness is pivotal in enabling women to care for themselves and their families. This article uses the case of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, to present the plight facing rural women as they are affected by HIV/AIDS. Natural...