Rutgers University Libraries Sociology: Marriage & the Family

The Basics

Rutgers-restricted Access

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Off-Campus Access

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IRIS: Find Books

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Getting Books From Other Rutgers Libraries

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Finding Articles plus

Social Sciences Full Text
The basic index for finding articles in the social sciences. Indexes over 550 of the core, English language journals in social science disciplines including sociology and social work, public administration, political science, public welfare, and urban studies. Indexes many journals back to 1982 and, beginning with 1995, includes many full-text articles.
Off-Campus Link Rutgers-restricted Access.

Need More?

While Social Sciences Full Text will usually give you what you need for a basic research paper, if you're working on a more extensive project, or a more specialized topic, you will probably need to use an index that focuses on a specific discipline. You'll find links to some of these in the Finding Articles section below.

Becoming an 'Expert' User

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Citing Your Sources

You must use ASA (American Sociological Association) style when citing the sources you used for your research paper. The Coates Library at Trinity University has an online guide to ASA Style Citations that will give you the basic information you need to create ASA citations and reference lists.

You can also import references from IRIS and many of the electronic databases into RefWorks, a web-based bibliography and database manager. RefWorks will build your bibliography for you based on whatever style sheet you specify (MLA, Chicago, etc.). For information on setting up your (free) RefWorks account see the RefWorks FAQ.

Not sure when you need to cite something? Check out the Plagiarism Guide

Remember that plagerism is a violation of the Rutgers University Policy on Academic Integrity for Undergraduate and Graduate Students and could result in your dismissal from the University!

Marriage & the Family Today

The State of Our Unions: The Social Health of Marriage in America 2007
Annual report from the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. The 2007 essay on "The Future of Marriage in America."

Stevenson, Betsey and Wolfers, Justin. Marriage and Divorce: Changes and Their Driving Forces. Cambridge, MA., National Bureau of Economic Research. NBER Working Paper 12944, March 2007.

Smith, Tom W. The Emerging 21st Century American Family. GSS Social Change Report No. 42. Chicago, University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center, 1999.

Generation Gap in Values, Behaviors: As Marriage and Parenthood Drift Apart, Public is Concerned About Social Impact
Pew Research Center Social & Demographic Trends Report.

Gender Roles in the '90s
Five-part Washington Post series based on polls conducted by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University in 1997.

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Living Together

Simmons, Tavia and O'Connell, Martin. Married-Couple and Unmarried-Partner Households: 2000.Census 2000 Special Report. February 2003.

Fitch, Catherine; Goeken, Ron; and Ruggles, Steven. The Rise of Cohabitation in the United States: New Historical Estimates. March 2005.

Smock, Pamela J. "Cohabitation in the United States: An Appraisal of Research Themes, Findings, and Implications," Annual Review of Sociology 26, 2000, 1-20.
Off-Campus Link Rutgers-restricted Access

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Divorce Rates By State: 1990, 1995, and 1999-2004

Wallerstein, Judith S. The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce: A 2t Year Landmark Study. New York, Hyperion, 2000.
Dana Call Number: HQ834 .W356 2000

Amato, Paul R. "The Consequences of Divorce for Adults and Children," Journal of Marriage and Family 62(4), November 2000, 1269-1287
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restrcited Access

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Single-Parent Families

Ellwood, David T. and Jencks, Christopher. The Spread of Single-Parent Families in the United States since 1960. Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, October 2002.

DeLeire, Thomas and Kalil, Ariel. Good Things Come in 3's: Single-Parent Multigenerational Family Structure and Adolescent Adjustment. University of Chicago, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, October, 2001.

Davis, James Earl and Perkins, William Eric. Fathers' Care: A Review of the Literature
Literature review from the National Center on Fathers and Families. 1996.

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The Children

The State of America's Children 2005
"In-depth analyses of the current status of family income, child health, child care and early childhood development, education, child welfare, and youth development." From the Children's Defense Fund.

America's Children 2007. Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office.
Annual reports from the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics.

National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) 1997-2010.
Survey mandated by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996. Looks at the characterisitcs of the children and families that come into contact with the child welfare system; the pathways and services they experience while in the system; and the short and longer-term effects of the experience for these children and families.

Hofferth, Sandra L. and Sandberg, John F. How American Children Spend Their Time. Ann Arbor, MI., Institute for Social Research, 2000.

Hofferth, Sandra L. and Sandberg, John F. Changes in American Children's Time, 1981-1997. Ann Arbor, MI., Institute for Social Research, 2000.

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Incarceration & the Family

Mumola, Christopher J. Incarcerated Parents and Their Children. Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report. August, 2000. NCJ 182335.
Statistics on number and characteristics of State and Federal prisoners with minor children; household composition of inmate parents; frequency and type of contact with the minor children; and prisoner offenses, sentence length, criminal histories, drug use, mental health status, and pre-arrest employment and income.

Johnston, Denise and Michael Carlin. When Incarcerated Parents Lose Contact with Their Children
Originally published in the February 2004 issues of Prison Legal News.

Travis, Jeremy and Michelle Waul. Prisoners Once Removed: The Children and Families of Prisoners, IN Prisoners Once Removed: The Impact of Incarceration and Reentry on Children, Families and Communities. Washington, D.C., 2003. Chapter 1.

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Race and Ethnicity

Raley, R. Kelly and Sweeney, Megan M. What Explains Race and Ethnic Variations in Cohabitation, Marriage, Divorce, and Nonmarital Fertility?. Univeristy of California - Los Angeles, California Center for Population Research. On-Line Working Paper Series, September 2007.

Wherry, Laura and Finegold, Kenneth. Marriage Promotion and the Living Arrangements of Black, Hispanic, and White Children. September 2004.
Urban Institute brief based on the National Survey of America's Families.

Hofferth, Sandra L. Race/Ethnic Differences in Father Involvement in Two-Parent Families: Culture, Context, or Economy. Ann Arbor, MI., Institute for Social Research, 2001.

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Same-Sex Marriage

"Gay Marriage: Should Same-Sex Unions be Legally Recognized?," CQ Researcher 13, September 5, 2003, 721-748.
Off-Campus Access Rutgers-restricted Access

Same-Sex Marriage: A Selective Bibliography of the Legal Literature
Bibliography compiled by Paul Axel-Lute of the Rutgers-Newark Law Library.

Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: A New Strategic Vision for all Our Families & Relationships. July 26, 2006.

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Finding Scholarly Articles plus: Indexes

This is a selected list of databases that you may find useful. There are many other indexes that may focus more specifically on the particular topic that you are researching. Check out the complete list of Rutgers online indexes and databases.

Can't resist the urge to Google?

Finding Data

Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2007 & 2008
The basic annual U.S. statistical compilation. You can also links to tables from the 2001-2006 editions. However the PDF file format makes for cumbersome data retrieval. Print copies of latest edition of the Statistical Abstract are available at the Dana Reference Desk.

Current Population Reports: Special Studies, P-23
From the U.S. Census Bureau. Includes occasional reports on special populations (elderly, foreign-born populations, minorities, women), family life, marriage, fertility, etc. Full-text beginning with no. 188; earlier and paper copies may be found in Dana's Government Documents/Census section.

Families and Living Arrangements
Demographic characteristics of households and families. Based on survey data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Marriage and Divorce
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics.

100 Years of Marriage and Divorce Statistics: United States, 1867-1967. Rockville, MD, National Center for Health Statistics, December 1973.

National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)
National Center for Health Statistics survey on "family life, use of contraception, and men's and women's health." Includes links to Key Statistics.

Grandparents and Grandchildren
Demographic characterisitcs of grandparents and grandchildren from the Current Population Survey (CPS).

LexisNexis Statistical

LexisNexis Statistical
Index to statistics published by the U.S. government (1973- ), by international intergovernmental organizations (1983- ), by professional and trade organizations, by U.S. state government agencies, by independent research organizations, and by universities and research centers (1980- ).
Off-Campus Link Rutgers-restricted Access

Research Guide

Kearl's Guide to the Sociology of the Family
From Professor Michael C. Kearl of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Trinity University. Links to discussions, data, web sites, and other resources relating to the sociology of the family.

Natalie Borisovets (
John Cotton Dana Library
June 4, 2008