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. 89, No. 1, Spring

Academic Preparation for Careers in Consumer Affairs
Abstract. Current consumer affairs professionals were surveyed to identify (a) the general area of academic preparation needed in successful employment candidates and (b) the importance of specific courses and competencies as preparation for careers...
A Call to the Profession: Serving Culturally Diverse Individuals and Families
Abstract: This study was conducted to determine the extent to which family and consumer sciences professionals from a culturally diverse state work with individuals and families from various cultures. The support and training members had received, as...
Body Composition Issues in Women's Artistic Gymnastics
Abstract: In the United States, two million females participate in gymnastics, a sport that emphasizes a low body weight. This article briefly describes the four most frequently used methods of assessing body composition, summarizes information on body...
Broad Themes about Family Problems: A Factor Analysis of Opinion Polling in Three Western States
Abstract: Concerns about the disenfranchised poor, economic challenges, substance abuse effects, critical needs of the elderly, parenting stress, and youth unprepared for employment emerged as major themes in an analysis of a threestate sample of adults....
Comparison of Clothing Buying Practices: Middle-Class Black and White Women
Abstract: This study addresses the differences in clothing buying practices based on race. The purpose was to determine if clothing buying practices varied between middle-class Black and White women. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed...
Divorce Decisions: Information and Roles for the Family and Consumer Scientist
Abstract: Effective family resource management at each stage of the divorce process will help to prevent future crises for divorcing individuals and their families. In this article, management issues are explored at each stage: (1) contemplating the...
Geodemographics: An Introduction for Textile and Clothing Researchers
Abstract: This article examines the issue and provides an overview of the history and development of geodemographics and GIS. GIS development and ways in which textiles and clothing researchers may apply a geodemographic system or GIS in their research...
Issues in the Cultural Competency of Head Start's Food and Nutrition Services
Abstract: Attitudes related to cultural awareness of Head Start staff and staffparent cross-cultural interactions in Head Start were assessed via a questionnaire administered at 12 metropolitan sites to selected Head Start staff (n=86) and the parents...
Older Females' Opinions about Functionality of Home Products and Equipment
Abstract: This study evaluates the difficulty experienced by older consumers in operating home items. The data were gathered using a questionnaire that allowed participants to respond to a Likert-type scale rating ease or difficulty of use for 34 home...
Professional Development for Educators through Travel to Zimbabwe: One-Year Follow-Up
Abstract: Professional improvement is more apt to occur when an in-service professional development experience meets personal and human needs of participants. In this article, principles of adult learning are applied to the evaluation of a professional...
The Case for High School Clothing Construction Classes
Abstract: Current apparel industry trends reflect growth in areas of computer-aided design, pattern making, product development, and quality assurance at a time when fewer and fewer students are entering college programs prepared to begin study of these...
The Effect of a Proposed Smoking Ordinance on Consumers
Abstract: This study investigated the opinions of hotel general managers regarding the effects of a proposed smoking ordinance and the ability of hotels to meet the needs of nonsmokers regarding the provision of nonsmoking guest rooms. Seventyfive managers...
The Future Shapes the Present
"How do you get yourself fired up to create your future when it's hard enough to face the day? Because change is happening so quickly in the world today, many people who should be at their top future-building powers are burning out on the present." (The...
The Relationship between Hue Discrimination, Design-Related Courses of Study, and Color Education
Abstract The purpose of this study was to examine differences in hue discrimination among individuals majoring in architecture, landscape architecture, art, or interior design and with different levels of color education. The FarnsworthMunsell 100-Hue...
Use and Care of Protective Clothing by Certified Private Pesticide Applicators
Abstract: The use of pesticides by home gardeners and farmers presents a serious health problem if proper procedures are not followed in the care of clothing worn during pesticide application. Any chemical, even table salt, can be poisonous or toxic...