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. 103, No. 4, Fall

Barriers Affecting Physical Activity in Rural Communities: Perceptions of Parents and Children
A comprehensive understanding of the barriers inhibiting physical activity among children is critical in the fight against childhood obesity. This qualitative interview study examined parents' and children's perceptions of the barriers to physical activity...
Civic Engagement - A Family and Consumer Sciences Tradition
Point of ViewWe come not as professional educators, not as meddling philanthropists, not as mere dabblers in social movements, but as a company of men and women who feel that there is a deeper significance to movements for social betterment.Ellen Swallow...
Determining and Sharing the Public Value of FCS: Telling the Story
Those of us working with publically funded family and consumer sciences (FCS) programs have a dream that we are valued, our work is sustainable, we make a difference in people's lives, and we are recognized for the public value we provide. However, current...
Developing Cultural Understanding: The Culture Triangle Paradigm in FCS
Academic institutions as well as professional organizations are faced with providing their constituents with the knowledge and tools that will enable them to interact with people of other cultures-to be global citizens in both their personal and professional...
Participation Exemplified: AAFCS Members Who Were Peace Corps Volunteers
Ideas rapidly turned into action when the Peace Corps was established in 1961. With 2011 being the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, it is fitting to share the stories of some AAFCS members who participated in making change and being changed because...
Participation Touches Lives
Point of ViewWhat if opportunities were not available to participate and be engaged in our communities? Though we often speak of the benefits of participation for the lives touched - whether for the community, its members, or volunteers - what attention...
Planning Single-Event Nutrition Education: A New Model
A theoretical model for planning single-event nutrition education contrasts a Practical, Foods, and Positive (PFP) emphasis to an Abstract, Nutrient, and Negative (ANN) focus on nutrition topics. Use of this model makes messages more appealing to consumers...
Promotive Parenting Practices among African American Mothers
The purpose of this study was to examine communication/reasoning, behavioral control, and trust as predictors of resourcefulness among African American children during middle childhood (6-12 years of age). Mothers who practice promotive socialization...
The Challenge of Internationalizing FCS Faculty Activity
This study explores the challenges family and consumer sciences (FCS) faculty face as they internationalize their teaching, research, and service. Challenges to internationalized activity as perceived by FCS faculty include institutional, resource, and...
Translating Numbers Reached to Value Provided
Point of ViewThe Family and Consumer Sciences Alliance determined in 2012 that a priority would be given to Educating external authences about the value and contributions of family and consumer sciences to society. What better form of civic engagement...
Trends That FCS Education Should Address: A Delphi Study Reveals Top 16
This study used the Delphi method to identify trends of importance to family and consumer sciences (FCS) education. A panel of 21 FCS education experts identified 16 trends and evaluated them by importance, desirability, feasibility, and confidence in...