Family Relations (FAM RELAT)

Publisher: National Council on Family Relations, Wiley

Journal description

Family Relations publishes applied articles that are original, innovative and interdisciplinary and that focus on diverse families and family issues. Audiences include family life educators in academic and community settings, researchers with an applied or evaluation focus, family practitioners who utilize prevention or therapeutic models and techniques, and family policy specialists. Examples of appropriate articles include those dealing with applied research, educational philosophies or practices, syntheses of substantive areas, program evaluations, and curriculum development and assessment. Articles should be conceived and written with the needs of practitioners in mind. Journal of the National Council on Family Relations.

Current impact factor: 0.68

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2009 Impact Factor 1.318

Additional details

5-year impact 1.44
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.02
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.58
Website Family Relations website
Other titles Family relations
ISSN 0197-6664
OCLC 5885388
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to analyze the factor structure of Coleman and Karraker's (2003) Self-Efficacy of the Parenting Task Index Toddlers Scale, which assesses mothers' and fathers' parental self-efficacy (PSE) at child ages 1.5 and 3 years. A 5-factor model consisting of Presence, Emotional Support, Routines, Playing, and Teaching was found to have good measurement validity. All PSE dimensions were at least moderately stable between child ages 1.5 and 3 years. Except for Playing, mothers evaluated their PSE stronger than did fathers. Overall, parents evaluated their PSE dimensions stronger while their child was 1.5 than 3 years old. Parents' psychosocial problems during pregnancy predicted lower levels of PSE. Overall, 25% to 34% of parental self-efficacy was explained by parents' prior psychosocial well-being, yet parents' levels of PSE were rather independent to each other in the sense that either psychosocial well-being or PSE of partner did not predict other parent's later PSE.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Family Relations
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    ABSTRACT: Informal social support is often necessary among low-income networks in the post-welfare reform era when public supports are less available. Using social capital perspective and reciprocity theory, which recognize that social support necessitates positive social relationships and available resources, the author used data from the Welfare, Children, & Families project, a study of primarily low-income mothers living in disadvantaged neighborhoods (n = 2,215), to examine how excess network burden relates to support availability and to consider how the relationship differs by race, ethnicity, and nativity. The findings revealed that mothers with excess burden and other vulnerabilities (e.g., of Mexican or Puerto Rican descent, born outside the U.S. mainland, single-parent households, neighborhood problems) perceived less support, suggesting that perceiving excess burden provides little material and emotional protection and actually may accentuate vulnerability. A significant interaction suggests that excess burdens are less problematic for immigrant mothers' support networks. Policy and practice implications are provided.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Family Relations
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    ABSTRACT: The authors examined the institutional challenges that underrepresented minority (URM) faculty perceive in higher education with use of family support workplace policies. Evidence reveals that faculty encounter differences in access to information and explanations of how to use workplace–family statutes. A qualitative study of 58 URM faculty members highlighted five particularly notable themes: (a) faculty perceptions of how the institution views their family caregiving responsibilities, (b) inadequate compensation matters in the utilization of formal policies, (c) informal policies are often inaccessible and invisible, (d) social networks affect the inclusiveness of work–family institutional practices, and (e) fear of being regarded as a “red flag” constrains decisions regarding the use of policies. Given the push in higher education to diversify its faculty ranks, if administrators are to successfully implement diversity, equity, and inclusion and retain URM faculty, institutions need to pay particular attention to how URM faculty experience the academic climate regarding work–family balance.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Family Relations
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    ABSTRACT: This article considers four methodological issues in the study of family resilience. The first focus is on measurement, in which the psychometric properties of reliability, validity, and measurement equivalence are described. The second methodological consideration is on efforts to establish causality in the absence of experimental manipulation. Here, the authors present longitudinal panel models as a prototypical approach, describing the possibilities and challenges of this and other techniques toward inferences of causality, especially in the context of family resiliency. Third, the authors consider modeling resilience as continuous versus categorical, specifically contrasting variable-centered versus person-centered conceptualizations and analytic approaches. Fourth, the authors consider the complexities of studying family resilience due to the multilevel nature of the phenomena. The article concludes with recommendations for a diversity of methodological foci as the study of family resilience advances.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2015 · Family Relations
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    ABSTRACT: The authors review naturalistic studies of short-term processes that appear to promote resilience in children in the context of everyday family life and argue that warm and supportive family interactions foster resilience through their cumulative impact on children's emotional and physiological stress response systems. In the short-term, these family interactions promote the experience and expression of positive emotion and healthy patterns of diurnal cortisol. Over time, these internal resources – a propensity to experience positive emotion and a well-functioning hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis system – enhance a child's capacity to avoid, or limit, the deleterious effects of adversity. This article highlights naturalistic research methods that are well suited to the study of these short-term resilience processes and points to clinical applications of our conceptual and methodological approach.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2015 · Family Relations
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    ABSTRACT: Interest in the familial aspects of disability has heightened in recent years. Three forms of disability—hearing loss, Fragile X syndrome, and autism spectrum disorders—are used here to illustrate the complex and rapidly evolving understanding of the meaning and nature of heritability and carrier status for disability. The authors raise six questions to address if the promise of genomic research leads to real benefits for families: (a) Is the public interested in carrier testing? (b) Who is responsible for carrier testing? (c) Is the public prepared to use genomic information? (d) Should genomic testing or information about testing be tailored to specific audiences or target populations? (e) What strategies can be used to enable informed decision-making? (f) How will carrier testing affect family relationships and communication patterns? These and other factors will require a comprehensive analysis of the individual and societal implications for family relations in the genomic era.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2014 · Family Relations
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the effects of work schedule flexibility and the spillover of work stress to family life on the health of parents of adult children with serious mental illness (SMI). We compared 100 parents of adult children with SMI to 500 parents with nondisabled adult children using data from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. The detrimental impact on health of a lack of work flexibility and of higher levels of negative work-to-family spillover were more pronounced among parents of adult children with SMI than parents with non-disabled adult children. The results have significant implications for developing interventions to help midlife families of persons with SMI cope with work-related stress and for policies that provide for greater work schedule flexibility.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2014 · Family Relations