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. 96, No. 4, November

AAFCS Members Tie Up Senate Switchboard in Policy Victory
It was July 15, 2004. All AAFCS staff members were in the midst of a debriefing meeting after the 2004 San Diego convention. The call came in at 11:30 am. It was one of my colleagues from the coalition worked with on the U.S. Senate's Carl D. Perkins...
Autism: An Interdisciplinary Approach
Autism is a developmental disorder that usually appears in the first 3 years of life. Symptoms include impaired social interaction and problems with communication. Severely affected children may engage in repetitive, self-injurious, and aggressive behavior...
Building Community Support for Parent Education
Parent education is an important component in Extension programs. According to the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, parenting education strengthens families by providing relevant information and educational opportunities to...
California, Here We Come . .
Those were the words in my mind as the Georgia delegation of the P/GS section boarded the plane and headed to San Diego for the 95th AAFCS Convention & Exposition. Little did I know the amazing experiences that waited for us on that far coast.Walking...
California Program Focuses on School Readiness
California State University, Long Beach, in collaboration with Long Beach Unified School District's Head Start and Child Development Centers, and the community childcare agency Young Horizons implemented an intervention and evaluation program to improve...
Clemson Collaborates on School Readiness in South Carolina
Extending Education was designed to integrate resources, capacities, and expertise within formal and nonformal education systems to achieve mutual goals and to increase impact in communities. An additional goal was to model greater efficiency through...
Contemporary Models for Positive Parenting
The word parenting arouses various feelings and thoughts. Even the Webster dictionary definition o t parenting-"The act or process of functioning as parents; the act or process of raising children" -does not adequately convey the complexities and multiple...
Customizing Parenting Education
To treat all parents with the same advice may be similar to treating all illnesses with the same prescription medication. Although there are some vitamins all need (and general principles that can be useful to all parents), different strengths and needs...
Distance Learning Offered in Rural Montana
The University of Montana-Western (UM-W) lias established innovative degrees using a variety ol distance learning options including hiring onsite instructors in several locations of the state. To meet the needs of early childhood practitioners residing...
Effectiveness of Self-Instruction on Promoting Positive Parenting
A multimethod evaluation procedure was used to evaluate The Power of Positive Parenting (Alvy, 1999): pretests and posttests with open-ended questions and satisfaction surveys (n = 99), five focus groups (n = 70), and follow-up phone calls (n = 72)....
Effective Parenting Education through Age-Paced Newsletters
For more than 20 years, Cooperative Extension university and county faculty throughout the nation have made available an unusually parent-friendly series of educational newsletters. Monthly issues of the newsletters address information by age groups....
Even Start Improves Literacy in Colorado
Almost 15 years ago, Colorado State University (CSU) and the Poudre School District (PSD) engaged in an educational partnership to address the needs of Poudre Valley Mobile Home Park, which continues to be the neighborhood with the greatest concentration...
FCS Class Teams Up with Local Moms & Tots
Careful scheduling and a meaningful partnership with Moms & Tots are the major ingredients of a program that has enhanced the lives of young children and teenagers in Billerica, Massachusetts: the Child Growth & Development (CGD) course. The...
Forging New Partners within Oklahoma Communities
Building partnerships is an important task between teachers and administrators in early childhood settings. Children are educated and cared for in homes, but more often, with mothers in the work force, children are in Head Start, child-care centers,...
Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Help from Cooperative Extension
According to the U.S. Census 2000, more than six million children across the country are living in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. More than 2.4 million grandparents are primarily responsible for meeting the basic needs of their...
Iowa Curriculum Strengthens Core Competencies of Parenting Educators
In response to the growing demand for parenting educators, and the need to ensure that educators have basic knowledge and skills relevant to designing, implementing, and evaluating parenting education, Partnering with Parents, an outreach academy was...
Latino Parents in the Rural Southeast: A Study of Family and School Partnerships
This qualitative study examined the collective factors of parenting practices in the context of Latino family culture, parental involvement, and community-school relations among Latino parents and school personnel in three rural southeastern communities....
Ohio Class Brings FCS to Primary Grades
Kids and collaboration are a natural fit with problem-based education and service learningstaples in the curriculum. Involving students in planning was difficult and frightening at first, but it was necessary if students were to assume more responsibility...
Parenting Education with a Captive Audience
Estimates suggest that between 20% and 25%) of inmates residing in state facilities may be fathers (Abeyratne, Sowards, & Brewer, 1995). The population o( women in U.S. prisons has risen 650% in the past 2 decades. In 1999, an estimated 721,500 state...
Parents as Intentional Learners
Positive parenting needs to be based on values and respect-characteristics that are developed over time. As our population becomes more educated, will we see better parenting? Increases in the rates of high school graduation and college entry seem to...
Positive Parenting for High-Risk Families
Teen, single, divorced, foster, abusive, substance affected, and incarcerated parents and their children participated in intensive parenting education classes lasting 9 to 24 weeks. Participants were primarily single (58%), Hispanic (60%), and female...
Positive Parenting: Key Concepts and Resources
Parenting is one of the most important tasks an adult will tackle. It is also one of the most difficult, and one for which few individuals receive education. Increasing concerns about child abuse and neglect reflect the desire to reduce the worst outcomes...
Positive Parenting: Supporting Optimal Development
Parenting is a primary function of families and is both a science and an art. In today's complex world, an ecological framework offers windows of insight into understanding the contemporary dynamics of parenting. The concept of positive parenting-which...
Raising Courageous Kids: Eight Steps to Practical Heroism
Raising Courageous Kids: Eight Steps to Practical HeroismBy Charles A. Smith (2004)Winston Churchill is quoted as saying "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others." In this book, Charles Smith encourages...
Responding to Change: Applying the FCS Body of Knowledge
One of the challenges faced by graduate programs in family and consumer sciences (FCS) is how to maintain the identity and cohesion of the profession (its values, mission and goals) despite an increasing number of students who have undergraduate degrees...
Sanctions Connected to Dress Code Violations in Secondary School Handbooks
This study identifies and evaluates sanctions for dress code violations in secondary school handbooks. Sanctions, or consequences for breaking rules, vary along seven interrelated dimensions: source, formality, retribution, obtrusiveness, magnitude,...
Selecting FCS Higher Education Programs
Teachers, extension educators and other FCS professionals continue to serve as respected resources for the recommendation of colleges/universities to potential students and their parents. PCS professionals are in a unique position to provide the best...
Sustaining Parenting Education in WI
How can educators ensure that a good parenting program continues to be offered in the community year after year? A project in Wisconsin illustrates one way to create this sustained commitment and funding. This project has worked well, has been fairly...
Teaching Food Preparation with Video Flash Cards
This video helps adults and youth recognize 51 common food preparation terms found in recipes. Four 5-minute evaluative sequences allow viewers to test their knowledge and to receive instant feedback in a 3 -second delay format-similar to the use of...
Teams Tackle Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
The Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program, which is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, includes graduate students and faculty from ten disciplines...
Transition and Reinvention at AAFCS
Being a parent means watching your children grow through a variety of transitions-some smooth and others more painful. AAFCS is experiencing a variety of transitions as well. We settled into our new office in September after spending a good portion of...
Two Key Events Mark 10th Anniversary of International Year of the Family
Two important events in 2004 helped to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the UN's International Year of the Family program. In May, the Department of Public Information, the Focal Point on Family, and the NGO Committee on the Family sponsored a day-long...
Using Community Mapping in Human Ecology
Community asset mapping is one approach to community assessment. People of the community come together in a learning environment to discover the positive assets of their community. They develop the ability and confidence to address community issues....
Utah State Extension Develops Course for Foster Care Youth
According to the Utah Division of Child and Family Services, Utah has a high rate of youth in the foster care system. The rural counties of Carbon and Emery have small populations, but they also have a substantial number of youth in the foster eare system.A...
WVA Middle School Students Explore the Fashion Industry
Career exploration within the secondary school system was mandated by West Virginia legislation in the late 1990s. Seventh and eighth grade students were to be exposed to career clusters. In preparation for developing a capacity-building curriculum about...