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. 97, No. 1, January

Attributions and Marital Satisfaction: The Mediated Effects of Self-Disclosure
This study examined the relationship of self-disclosure and negative attributions to marital quality. The sample consisted of 127 married men and 132 married women who answered a questionnaire assessing their reports of negative attributions, self-disclosure,...
Babylon Students Connect with Their Community
Quilting Project Teaches MathSewing skills learned in family and consumer sciences (FCS) have application for community service projects in the Seventh Grade Advisory Program at Babylon Junior/Senior High School in Babylon, New York. Every seventh grader...
Benefits of Undergraduate Research in Family and Consumer Sciences
Faculty and graduate students traditionally have conducted most research in higher education. Recently, the benefits of undergraduate research have been acknowledged. The Boyer Commission (1988) called for research-based learning including a thesis that...
Building Financial Security in Tennessee Communities
In response to the national Cooperative Extension Financial Security in Later Life initiative, Tennessee Extension began a comprehensive program on building wealth over the life cycle. Central to this effort is a partnership with America Saves and implementation...
Collaboration through Study Circles
Helping People Work Together For Creative Community ChangeCollaborating sounds like a no-brainer. Of course it makes sense to partner and share resources. Isn't this like Mom and apple pie? The truth is, collaboration is often messy and difficult. Many...
Consortium Tackles FCS Teacher Shortage
Distance Learning Now An OptionOver the past several years, the need for new family and consumer sciences (FCS) educators has increased significantly (AAFCS, 1999; Lee, 1998; Miller & Meszaros, 1996). Meeting the FCS teacher shortage is critical...
Consumer Practices to Reduce Identity Theft Risk: An Exploratory Study
Empirical results from an exploratory study of identity theft risk reduction behaviors using an online risk assessment quiz revealed that a majority of respondents did not follow the widely recommended practice of obtaining a credit report annually to...
Creativity, Critical Skills and Context
No Child Left Behind puts special emphasis on determining what educational programs and practices have been proven effective through rigorous scientific research. U.S. Department of EducationBoth in school and college, students should have sustained...
Debriefing: Enhancing Experiential Learning
Experiential learning is an educational tool in which students "learn by doing." Briefly stated, "debriefing is the processing of the learning experience from which the learners are to draw the lessons to be learned" (Dennehy, Sims, & Collins, 1998,...
Dual Class Develops "Taste" for Other Cultures
FCS and EnglishFoods and Literature of the World is a dual class taught at Bismarck High School in Bismarck, North Dakota. There are two components of the class-English and family and consumer sciences (FCS). (The English component fulfills the 12th...
Empowering Families and Creating Secure Communities
Empowerment is about helping people to act and during the recent election I had an opportunity to participate in making this possible. One of my volunteer contributions to my community is working at the polls. This time, it meant working all day and...
Empowering Rural Families to Create Secure Communities
Noticeable changes are taking place in families and rural communities. Rural populations are aging and there is an out-migration of young adults along with an in-migration of older adults (Economic Research Service, 2004). Additionally, more poverty...
Environmentally Responsible Carpet Choices
Most carpet is made to last, but once soiled, matted, or out of style, it is often thrown away. Almost 5 billion pounds of carpet are sent to landfills every year, consuming acres of ever-dwindling landfill space and wasting money and other resources....
Families in a Diverse Culture
Changes and ChallengesProviding an overview of American families today is a difficult task because of our diversity, not only in race and ethnicity, but also in our social, geographical, and cultural backgrounds. These varied family dimensions can influence...
Family and Consumer Sciences Curriculum: Learning a New Process Collaboratively
In an effort to assist family and consumer sciences teachers with the huge task of rewriting local curriculum to meet new state and national standards, a statewide collaborative effort was implemented. Teachers worked in groups around the state to create...
FCS National Standards: Do They Underpin Secondary Curriculum?
To what extent are national standards for FCS included in family and consumer sciences (FCS) teachers' curriculum? Participants in this study included 262 high school teachers. More than half of the teachers identified the content standards as major...
Florida AFCS Supports Historical Site
Quilting ProjectDistrict J members of the Florida Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (FAFCS) are playing a key role in raising community awareness about the importance of preserving, visiting, and utilizing historical sites for educational...
Framework for Culturally Proactive Programs
This article proposes a conceptual framework for connecting family and consumer sciences (FCS) programs to the culturally diverse communities of children, youth, and families served. The framework consists of components for achieving culturally inclusive...
How Effective Are FCS Programs in Public Schools?
Study CompletedThe No Child Left Behind Act encouraged accountability, flexibility, and choice and focuses on the core content areas of reading, writing, mathematics, and science. AAFCS recognized that there was limited documentation to substantiate...
Increasing Literacy Skills for Hispanic Families
Iowa Extension ProgramThe population of Spanish-speaking families in Iowa has increased dramatically over the last decade. Needs assessment activities identified the need to reach out to these families with Extension educational programs designed to...
Intent and Consequences of NCLB
No Child Left Behind. That is a much better title for a law than Public Law 107-110. Titles give laws more of a personal touch than numbers. A number is very abstract and impersonal, and it is difficult to read much meaning into a number. However, a...
It Begins at Home
It takes well-rounded individuals to raise empowered families. NCLB may be leaving behind some critical classes and as a result students may be missing some essential components in their development as citizens. Strong families help build strong communities....
Jobs EXPO Supports Families in Texas
Having a job is an important component of strong and resilient families.Through the collaborative efforts of Texas Cooperative Extension-Texas A & M University System-Johnson County, the Johnson County Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory...
Key Issues Looming on Capitol Hill in 2005
Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944), "The Little Prince," 1943Parenting . . . . it is the most difficult job and yet...
Meeting Family Needs in Rural Areas
Community CollaborationIn small communities, rural areas, and in low population areas, collaboration allows community leaders and agencies to focus on an issue, identify volunteers and resources, solve a problem, then move on to the next challenge. When...
Penn State Extension Collaborates on Family Savings Program
Home purchase, home repairs, a reliable car, education, or business startup funds seem out of reach for families who are at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines. The Potter County Family Savings Account Project, designed to address this problem,...
Preprofessional/Graduate Student News
Students Make Blankets of LoveDuring our busy lives, we often forget that others experience unique situations and struggles that many of us were fortunate to avoid. One example is when children are placed in foster care at a young age. Being removed...
Quality Childcare Top Priority in South Dakota
The importance of quality care for infants, toddlers, and young children continues to be emphasized. The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center provided data that support the importance of quality childcare. Their longitudinal study showed that...
Step Ahead: Diversifying Graduate Programs through Recruitment and Enrichment
Lack of diversity is a continuing concern within the family and consumer sciences (FCS) profession (Andrews, Paschall, & Mitstifer, 1993; Clausell, 1998; Kellett, 1994; Ralston, 1978, 1988; Ralston & Bowen, 1997; Stage & Vincenti, 1997; Williams,...
Strengthening Families and Securing Communities
Leadership DevelopmentFamilles are facing increasingly difficult decisions these days, as a quick review of the headlines reveals. Costs of higher education are increasing every year at a rate exceeding that of annual cost of living increases. Even "free"...
The Role of Home Economics: Population and Family Life Education in Nigeria
Home economics is a dynamic field that imparts knowledge intended to help people adapt to their environment by making effective use of human and material resources. Hence, the profession values global concerns for the environment, human rights, health,...
Using Food to Boost Math and Science Skills
There is a clear need for improved math and science education, according to the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and National Science Board. As educators, we are aware that boosting academic performance in these areas is a...