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. 3, Summer

2011 Presidential Address: Moving Forward . . . Moving Together
To share my vision for AAFCS, "Moving Forward . . . Moving Together/' I would like to communicate my thoughts on vision and inspiration: "The Vision You Have Is the Key that Opens the Gateway to Inspiration."Getting your imagination captured is perhaps...
At Home: A Short History of Private Life
At Home: A Short History of Private Life By Bill Bryson (2010) Published by Ooubleday, New York, NY (2010). $28.95 ($14.99 e-book)Reviewed by Catherine A. LeslieYou never know what you may learn from a chance encounter on an airplane. Flying from Akron,...
Consider the Children: Recent Reports
This report, The State of America s Children 2011, by the Children's Defense Fund provides extensive data on the situation of children (birth to 18) in the United States. Population, poverty, family structure, and family income data describe the settings...
Family and Consumer Sciences Research Center Launched
This year, we celebrated the 25th Anniversary of our Association's Family and Consumer Sciences Credentialing Center - the go-to place for individual assessments and certifications as well as program accreditations in our field. Most recently, we added...
FCS Careers: Turning a Passion for Design and Image into a Profession
Judith Rasband truly turned her passion into her profession. Judith's passion for visual design in dress and nonverbal communication through appearance developed during her teen years as a dancer, performer, makeup-artist, and costumer in local theater...
Fostering Collaboration: FCS Teachers and Cooperative Extension Faculty
Commonalities exist between family and consumer sciences (FCS) middle and secondary teachers and Cooperative Extension Service (CES) state and county faculty. From educational backgrounds to the content and societal issues of concern, FCS teachers and...
Gendering the Fair: Histories of Women and Gender at World's Fairs
Gendering the Fair: Histories of Women and Gender at World's Fairs By T. J. Boisseau and A. M. Markwyn (2010) Published by the University of Illinois Press, Urbana, IL (2010). $70 (cloth) $28(paper)Reviewed by Sharon Y. NickolsIn 2003 ; when it was published,...
Greening Your Life
Family and consumer sciences educators can be a trusted source to help individuals make changes in their behaviors that will produce a deeper "shade" of green. These individual changes result in actions that help to preserve the environment, reduce health...
"He's Not There When I Need Him": Adolescent Mothers' Romantic Relationship Expectations and Experiences
This study used focus groups to explore what 107 primarily Hispanic adolescents (pregnant young women and new mothers) expected from their romantic relationships. Discussions most frequently centered on the adolescents' expectations of trust, honesty...
Martha Van Rensselaer: Family and Consumer Sciences Champion
Though her name is not well known, Martha Van Rensselaer's work1 has been praised or criticized in nearly every decade since her death, including the most recent decade during which the novel, The Irresistible Henry House (Grunwald, 2010) was published....
Meet the New SU Officers for 2011-2012
Being a college student is a challenge - juggling school, work, internships, relationships, and more. AAFCS commends our national SU officers, who recognize that participating in AAFCS on a national level helps put them on the pathway to a successful...
Message T-Shirts and School Safety
The purpose of this study was to investigate message T-shirts and school safety as rated by high school teachers (n = 47) and students (n = 275). Wearing message T-shirts displaying offensive statements/images may contribute to perceptions of a psychologically...
Multimedia in the University Textiles and Clothing Classes
Teaching has always been a multimedia enterprise; what has changed dramatically is the technology available for delivering course information (DiLeo, 2010; Ludwig, Daniel, Froman, & Mathie, 2004). The use of technology for today's "digital native"...
Obesity: Cultural and Biocultural Perspectives
Obesity: Cultural and Biocultural PerspectivesBy Alexandra A. Brewis (2011)Reviewed by Ingrid K. AdamsObesity has been on the rise for decades, with onethird of the world's population being affected. It is projected that these numbers will increase to...
Old Assumptions, New Realities: Economic Security for Working Families in the 21st Century
Old Assumptions, New Realities: Economic Security for Working Families in the 21st Century By R. D. Plotnick, M. K. Meyers, J. Romich, and S. R. Smith (20 1 I ) Published by Russell Sage Foundation, New York, NY (2011). $39.95Reviewed by Susan S. ShockeyIn...
PCS Careers: Grants Manager Dedicated to Communities
The family and consumer sciences (FCS) goal of having an impact on individuals, families, and communities is very evident in Vickie's career path, which has included management of multimillion dollar grants for the betterment of families and communities....
Research-It Is Part of the FCS Whole
In family and consumer sciences (FCS), we often hear professionals say they are doing research, evaluation, or assessment, or we hear students talking about their dissertation or thesis, a poster project, or a library research project. We assume these...
Teaching Residential Design Based on a Multicultural Education Ideology
This experiential teaching method demonstrates students' enhanced understanding of the influences that cross-cultural perspectives have on the interior design of the home and is achieved through research and application of elements of assimilation and...
The Forgotten Generation: American Children and World War II
The Forgotten Generation: American Children and World War II By Lisa L. Ossian (2011) Published by University of Missouri Press, Columbia, MO (2011). $29.95 (doth)Reviewed by Roma Jean BradburnIn this study of U.S. involvement in World War II (WWII),...
The Senegal Project: Cultural Foods Unit for Middle School Students
The Senegal Project is the culminating project in a unit on cultural foods in an 8th grade family and consumer sciences (FCS) course. Initially, students take a quick world tour by studying and cooking foods from Mexico, Italy, China, and India followed...