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. 98, No. 2, April

Ambiguous Loss: Preventive Interventions for Family Professionals
In these troubled times, family professionals who may not expect to work with families experiencing ambiguous and traumatic loss, may nevertheless, be called upon to do so. This group of professionals includes not only family therapists, but also family...
An Environmental Sustainability Course for Design and Merchandising Students
The purpose of this project was to develop a sciencebased course, Environmental Sustainability Issues for Designers and Merchandisers. The course emphasis was on scientific concepts underlying textile-related environmental problems; the focus was on...
A Pledge with Passion
Although each day I have spent as your transitional executive director has been unique, what has been consistent is the staff's passion in doing their part to ensure a bright future for AAFCS. My initial individual meetings with every staff person inspired...
Child and Family Development Students Polled: Study Examines Student Course Evaluations
Student course evaluations were completed by 1,457 students in 43 Child and Family Development courses. The impact of six predictor variables (class meeting time, class size, expected grade, perceived fairness of grading procedures, pre-course interest...
Cutting New Paths
As we approach our 97th Annual Conference & Expo in Charlotte, I've been thinking about the multiple meanings of our theme, "Lifeskills: Solutions for Thriving in Threatening Times." Like the obesity theme of our 2005 conference, this is a focus...
Defining Security for the Seasoned Set
The definition of security I like best is "well-founded confidence" (Random House Unabridged, 1967). Other definitions mention freedom from danger, risk, care, apprehension, and doubt. Individuals are left to fill in specifics. These could include new...
Emotional Security in the Classroom: What Works for Young Children
Discussions regarding young children and secure schools often focus on children's physical safety and external stressors such as chaotic families, dangerous neighborhoods, and terrorism. Less attention is given to the emotional security of children in...
Empowering Consumers: Understanding Medical Privacy Rights
Consumers often do not understand how their medical information is used and how many different individuals have access to it. Nonetheless, consumers express great concern about their privacy ("Medical Privacy Public," 2002; Rohm & Milne, 2004). With...
Extension Program Builds on UA Research
Bone BuilderMore than 40% of all women over the age of 50 will have an osteoporosis fracture in their lifetime, according to a Surgeon General's report (U.S. Department of Health, 2004), which focused attention on the need for prevention. Fractures result...
FCCLA Program Tackles Youth Violence
STOP (Students Taking On Prevention) the Violence is a peer-to-peer outreach initiative that empowers young people to recognize, report, and reduce the potential for youth violence. It is a national Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)...
Fear of Crime among Urban American Youth
Fear of crime has been a focus of criminologists for a number of years, however, most studies have centered on society in general and neglected the youth sub-population. Using a national sample of 1,897 youth ages 16-25, data were analyzed to explore...
Financial Security for Seasoned Adults
As the seasoned adult population continues to increase in the United States, there is a need to provide information on financial security. In 2000, there were 34.8 million Americans age 65 and over; this number is projected to reach 70.3 million by 2030...
Financial Security in a Complex World: Issues for the 2000s and Beyond
In today's world, issues associated with financial security are influenced by a range of factors such as demographics, changing workplace practices, legislation, and the desire for simplified financial management. This article describes important financial...
Idaho Extension Launches ID Theft Seminars
Idaho is ranked 26th in the United States for the number of reported cases of identity theft. The western states are the most popular target for identity crimes. To respond to this growing crime, Guarding Against Identity Theft was developed to help...
ID Theft: 16 Ways to Protect Yourself
Recognized as the number one fraud, ID theft is still on the rise, defrauding an estimated 33 million persons annually, costing consumers and businesses $50 billion. Anyone in the United States with a social security number is potential prey, and, this...
Improving School Security through Dress Codes: A Unique Opportunity for FCS
The purpose of dress codes is to reduce violence, improve behavior, reduce peer sexual harassment, and prepare students for the world of work. The content of the FCS curriculum lends itself to learning activities that identify the relationship between...
Inside AAFCS
Governance Redesign Task Force Develops Proposal for Senate ConsiderationMessage from Don Bower, PresidentThe Governance Redesign Task Force met in Alexandria, Virginia, February 3-5, for an intense weekend of planning and consensus-building around recommendations...
Kentucky Responds to Meth Production and Use
The Health Education through Extension Leadership Program (HEEL) is an innovative, collaborative family and consumer sciences (FCS) program that is a partnership between the College of Agriculture and the medical health centers on the campus of the University...
Measuring Hunger and Food Insecurity in Children
Joint Project in WI, NYFood security-access to enough food for a healthy, active life-is vital to the well-being of children. Yet, almost 17% of households with children experience food insecurity, considerably higher than the rate among childless households...
On Being Resilient in Threatening Times
During the past five years, highly visible threats to security have been evident throughout the world. In the past year, two hurricanes devastated the gulf coast region of this country. Acts of violence, crime, and terrorism continue to play out in the...
On the Retirement of FCCLA's Executive Director
When Alan T. Rains, Jr., retires at the end of August 2006, he will leave a legacy with the members and staff of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).During his almost 18 years as the Executive Director of FCCLA, Rains has guided the...
Preprofessional/Graduate Student News
Preprofessional/Graduate Student SectionTiffani Calmes, CFCS, ChairUniversity of Minnesotacakne004@umn.eduMelissa WilmarthChair-ElectIowa State Universitywilmarth@iastate.eduMichelle Garwood1st Vice ChairUniversity of Nebraska-Lincolnmichelle_j_garwood@hotmail.comKimberly...
Requisite Competencies and Skills for E-Merchandisers: Developing an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Program
New career opportunities exist for family and consumer sciences (FCS) professionals as traditional formats for shopping, service, and information transition to a virtual environment. The requisite competencies and skills necessary for effective online...
Rutgers Extension Offers Food Allergy Education
Food security usually refers to having enough food to eat. However, imagine worrying every time you eat whether you'll end up with hives, wheezing, or worse. Anyone with food allergies understands this feeling of insecurity, which is particularly acute...
Safety and Security in a School Environment: The Role of Dress Code Policies
This study examined high school student handbooks for evidence that school administrators consider dress codes as one strategy to address the physical and psychological security of students. Physical security refers to freedom from actual harm to the...
Standards for Homeland and International Security: Building a Safer Environment for All
One of the best kept secrets of these troubled times that we live in is the work being done by the U.S. and international voluntary standardization community to make the world safer and more secure for all individuals. A unique partnership of private...
Strengthening Ties between Families and Staff in Long-Term Care
Few life events are more traumatic than placing a family member in a nursing home. In recent years, increased attention has been devoted to this experience and to the creation of strategies that enable families to negotiate this passage successfully....
Study Finds Food Insecurity in Households Receiving WIC Benefits
This study assessed the prevalence of food insecurity and hunger in a sample of households in which one or more occupants were participants in the Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). The sample consisted of 309 women...
The LINC Model of Family and Community Resilience: New Approaches to Disaster Response
The LINC (Linking Human Systems) Community Resilience Model (Landau, 2004) is a framework for enhancing community resilience. The LINC Model provides ways in which individuals, families, and communities can prepare for, respond to, and recover from trauma,...
U. S. Teachers Learn about Family Security in Ghana
Ghanaian Area Studies in Diversity-Globalization, a Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Program, took 18 New Mexico classroom teachers to Ghana, West Africa, in 2003 to bring a global perspective to the classrooms of New Mexico. This Fulbright project...