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. 3, September

A Spirit of Community
Some of the challenges facing AAFCS today are related to a decreasing sense of community in our society. We are participating less in civic groups, churches, and professional organizations (Miles, 2003). While valuing autonomy and self-reliance, we also...
Asset Mapping: A Tool for Building Capacity in Communities
Every community, like a family, is a unique collection of individuals with valuable talents and strengths. Just as every family has resources, assets, and relationships distinctive to that family, so does every community. Regardless of geographic location,...
Building Capacity for Peak Performance
Capacity building is a lifestyle that involves lifelong learning and preparing for change across the lifespan of an individual, family, or community. Miles and Ralston (2002) further suggest that building capacity "can be used as a means of helping individuals,...
Building Capacity of Welfare Recipients: New Mexico STEPS Program
Steps to Employment and Personal Success (STEPS), the life skills facet of the New Mexico Works Program, assists Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) recipients in moving from welfare to work. The STEPS program, housed in the College of Agriculture...
Building Capacity through Effective Advocacy
Advocacy can be easy with the right tools and with proper planning. Please use this checklist to help you plan your advocacy efforts for the coming months.Checklist for Effective Advocacy* Message Development - Make sure you have strategically considered...
Building Capacity through Leadership Development Programs
Building capacity is increasing internal and external leadership skills in order to move an individual, a group, or a project forward.Building capacity of individuals, families, and communities is one of the basic tenets of the family and consumer sciences...
Capacity Building: Conceptualizing and Developing a Professional Association in the Gulf Region
Internationally, the profession of family and consumer sciences has provided leadership in continually rethinking the role of the field in response to societal changes. Implicit in the mission is the need for professionals to become lifelong learners...
Capacity Building for FCS Education Students through Experiences in a Tribal Community
Capacity building is defined as "acquiring and using knowledge and skills, building on assets and strengths, respecting diversity, responding to change and creating the future" (American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, 2001). Family and...
Capacity Building Shapes Colorado Community
Critical elements of community capacity building include leadership, vision, and evaluation. In one Colorado community, this approach has worked with diverse issues such as access to prenatal care, enrollment in the Child Health Plan, youth crime, homelessness,...
Colorado Seniors Learn How to Modify Their Homes
In retirement years, most individuals want to remain in their own home and be independent for as long as possible. An AARP survey (2000) reveals that approximately 85% of older persons want to remain in their homes for as long as possible, although one-half...
Ellen Swallow Richards Part 2-Elements of Leadership
Ellen Henrietta (Swallow) Richards, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) instructor in chemistry, the first president of the American Home Economics Association, and the recognized founder of the profession we now call family and consumer sciences,...
Empowering the Profession through Partnerships
This Commemorative Lecture explores the What, Why, How, and Who of partnerships, to empower you with knowledge, skills, and motivation to form effective partnerships.Before we connect with others, we must have a "mini soap-box" describing who we are...
Empowerment through Involvement: Iowa's Experience with Welfare Reform
This is a challenging and an important time for low-income families. The United States is mired in a recession while Congress faces the reauthorization of assistance and support programs involving low-income families. To date, policy discussions have...
Family Threads: Knots and All
Family Threads: Knots and AllRuth E. Deacon, PhD (2002)Quixote PublicationsThe competing dichotomies of the happiness and heartaches of family relationships weave the tapestry of this novel by Ruth E. Deacon, a family and consumer sciences professional.Novels...
Financial Champions: Curriculum Builds Financial Capacity in Youth
A formative evaluation was conducted to determine the interest in and use of a personal finance curriculum by youth, ages 12 to 15, and their adult helpers. Interest in the activities, satisfaction with the curriculum, perceived knowledge gained, and...
Grandpa, Please Read Me a Story
Intergenerational programs and strategies can build bridges . . . and capacities . . . across generations, and FCS professionals can facilitate the process. Why should we support intergenerational programs?* Children are our future!* There is an affinity...
Healthy Ways to Build Capacity
Labonte et. al (2002) described capacity building as "a process that build(s) sustainable skills, resources, and commitments to health promotion in settings and sectors in order to prolong and multiply health gains." They examined ways in which community...
Home Equipment Education: A Dinosaur or a Phoenix?
With each innovation in home equipment, consumers adapt criteria for choice and expectations; they also rethink and relearn operating skills. The increasing complexity of home appliances and related products parallels a steady decline in the number of...
Mentoring Program Helps FCS Majors Adjust to College
During the Fall 2001 semester, the Family and Consumer Sciences Education (FCSE) program at the University of Wisconsin-Stout implemented an undergraduate student mentoring program to assist new students (tyros) with their adjustment to college life....
Military Deployment: Preparing Soldiers and Their Families
Due to downsizing and a changing mission in the U.S. Army, family separations have increased significantly in the last few years. Separations have taken a financial and personal toll on Army families. The U.S. Army worked with researchers at two universities...
News Highlights from Washington, DC: 94th Annual Convention & Exposition
Chadwick, Ralston, and Whitaker Receive Distinguished Service AwardsThree outstanding members were honored for their exemplary leadership and service to AAFCS and the profession at the Pacesetter Dinner, in a special presentation by Sharon Y. Nickols,...
Oklahoma Extension, Corrections Join Forces to Build Capacity of Offenders
No single definition reigns, but the essence of capacity building between partnering organizations entails building upon the strengths of each, coordinating resources, and performance, and focusing energy to increase the potential to solve problems and...
Ownership of Offensive T-Shirts and Problem Behavior in High School Students
This study examined ownership of offensive T-shirts and problem behavior among high-school students. Participants were 22 male and 34 female high-school students. The day of the study, 9 participants wore an offensive T-shirt and 46 participants saw...
Strategies in Action
Teen Parents in ActionTeen Parents in Action is a parenting program for teens that is designed to stabilize their lives and help them become more effective parents. The program, which covers issues such as school attendance, receiving services, and subsequent...
Texas Sewing Program Helps Economy, Communities
A stitch in time may save nine, as the old saying goes, but stitching-sewing-can accomplish a lot more. Sewing is a useful skill that can generate income and help to establish small businesses. It can benefit the economy and can be a source of community...
The Process of Accreditation: Mentoring Units as Capacity Building
One of the values that was central to my family while I was growing up in the 1960s was that "those who have, have a responsibility to those who have not." This stemmed not from a sense of superiority, but grew out of a great sense of gratitude on my...
Tradition with Vision
"Where there is no vision, the people perish" (Proverbs 29:18). The new strategic plan for AAFCS represents a vision for our 21st century association. The plan looks to the future, yet it reflects our historical areas of emphasis. It is tradition with...
Uniting Generations
With age comes wisdom and sometimes a longing to maintain status quo. With youth comes new energy, vision, and the drive to change. Fortunately, AAFCS has a rich blend of both to shepherd us into the future, indeed to create a stronger organization that...
University-Community Collaboration Builds Capacity of Head Start Professionals
Head Start provides a range of services to low-income families with preschool children. Even though most people identify Head Start with the preschool component, services are provided to the whole family, making the agency a good partner to family and...