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Monday, Dec 1
Linda Waite, Health & Well-Being of Adults over 60

Arland Thornton's Select Publications

Books

Jayakody, Rukmalie, Arland Thornton, and William Axinn. 2008. . (Eds)International Family Change: Ideational Perspectives. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland, William Axinn, and Yu Xie. 2007. Marriage and Cohabitation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland. 2005. Reading History Sideways: the Fallacy and Enduring Impact of the Developmental Paradigm on Family Life. Chicago, IL : University of Chicago Press. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland. 2001. The Well-Being of Children and Families. Ann Arbor, MI : University of Michigan Press. Abstract.

Waite, Linda J., Christine Bachrach, Michelle Hindin, Elizabeth Thompson, and Arland Thornton. 2000. Ties That Bind: Perspectives on Marriage and Cohabitation. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.

Thornton, Arland, and Hui-Sheng Lin. 1994. Social Change and the Family in Taiwan. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Abstract.

Journal Articles

Thornton, Arland, Rachael Pierotti, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Susan Watkins. 2014. "Developmental Idealism and Cultural Models of the Family in Malawi." Population Research and Policy Review, 33(5): 693-716. PMCID: PMC4153731. DOI. Abstract.

Williams, Nathalie, Arland Thornton, and Linda C. Young-DeMarco. 2014. "Migrant Values and Beliefs: How Are They Different and How Do They Change?" Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 40(5): 796-813. PMCID: PMC3927938. DOI. Abstract.

Lai, Qing, and Arland Thornton. Online Access 2014. "The making of family values: Developmental idealism in Gansu, China." Social Science Research, . DOI. Abstract.

Melegh, Attila, Arland Thornton, Dimiter Philipov, and Linda Young-DeMarco. 2013. "Perceptions of societal developmental hierarchies in Europe and beyond: A Bulgarian Perspective." European Sociological Review, 29(3): 603-615. PMCID: PMC3691096. DOI. Abstract.

Kavas, Serap, and Arland Thornton. 2013. "Adjustment and Hybridity in Turkish Family Change: Perspectives from Developmental Idealism." Journal of Family History, 38(2): 223-241. DOI. Abstract.

Binstock, Georgina, Arland Thornton, M.J. Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha Ghimire, Yu Xie, and K.M. Yount. 2013. "Influences on the knowledge and beliefs of ordinary people about developmental hierarchies." International Journal of Comparative Sociology, 54(4): 325-344. PMCID: PMC3952150. DOI. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Kathryn M. Yount, Mohammad Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha Ghimire, and Yu Xie. 2012. "International Fertility Change: New Data and Insights from the Developmental Idealism Framework." Demography, 49(2): 677-698. PMCID: PMC3328099. DOI. Abstract.

Abbasi-Shavazi, Mohammad Jalal, Abbas Askari-Nodoushan, and Arland Thornton. 2012. "Family Life and Developmental Idealism in Yazd, Iran." Demographic Research, 26: 207-238. PMCID: PMC3430141. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha Ghimire, Arjan Gjonca, Attila Melegh, Colter Mitchell, Mansoor Moaddel, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Kathryn Yount. 2012. "Knowledge and Beliefs about National Development and Developmental Hierarchies: the Viewpoints of Ordinary People in Thirteen Countries." Social Science Research, 41(5): 1053-1068. PMCID: PMC3462366. DOI. Abstract.

Xie, Yu, Arland Thornton, Guangzhou Wang, and Qing Lai. 2012. "Societal Projection: Beliefs Concerning the Relationship between Development and Inequality in China." Social Science Research, 41(5): 1069-1084. PMCID: PMC3461180. DOI.

Thornton, Arland, Dirgha Ghimire, and Colter Mitchell. 2012. "The measurement and prevalence of an ideational model of family and economic development in Nepal." Population Studies, 66(3): 329-345. PMCID: PMC3505987. DOI. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland, and Dimiter Philipov. 2009. "Sweeping Changes in Marriage, Cohabitation and Childbearing in Central and Eastern Europe: New Insights from the Developmental Idealism Framework." European Journal of Population, 25: 123-156. PMCID: PMC2690230. DOI. Abstract. PDF.

Thornton, Arland. 2009. "Framework for Interpreting Long-Term Trends in Values and Beliefs Concerning Single-Parent Families." Journal of Marriage and Family, 71(2): 230-234. DOI. Abstract.

Pearce, Lisa D., and Arland Thornton. 2007. "Religious identity and family ideologies in the transition to adulthood." Journal of Marriage and Family, 69(5): 1227-1243. DOI. Abstract.

Ghimire, Dirgha, William Axinn, Scott T. Yabiku, and Arland Thornton. 2006. "Social change, premarital nonfamily experience, and spouse choice in an arranged marriage society." American Journal of Sociology, 111(4): 1181-1218. DOI. Abstract.

Cunningham, Jr., Mick H., and Arland Thornton. 2006. "The Influence of Parents' Marital Quality on Adult Children's Attitudes Toward Marriage and Its Alternatives: Main and Moderating Effects." Demography, 43(4): 659-672. DOI. Abstract.

Cunningham, M., Ann Beutel, Jennifer S. Barber, and Arland Thornton. 2005. "Reciprocal relationships between attitudes about gender and social contexts during young adulthood." Social Science Research, 34(4): 862-892. DOI. Abstract.

Cunningham, M., and Arland Thornton. 2005. "The influence of union transitions on white adults' attitudes toward cohabitation." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 67(3): 710-720. DOI. Abstract.

Xie, Yu, James Raymo, Kimberly Goyette, and Arland Thornton. 2003. "Economic Potential and Entry into Marriage and Cohabitation." Demography, 40(2): 351-367. Abstract.

Binstock, Georgina, and Arland Thornton. 2003. "Separations, Reconciliations, and Living Apart in Cohabiting and Marital Unions." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 65(2): 432-443. Abstract.

Axinn, William, Arland Thornton, Lishou Yang, Linda C. Young-DeMarco, and Yu Xie. 2002. "Mothers' Reports of Children's Family Formation Behavior." Social Science Research, 31(2): 257-283. DOI. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland. 2001. "The Developmental Paradigm, Reading History Sideways and Family Change." Demography, 38(4): 449-465. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland, and Georgina Binstock. 2001. "The Reliability of Measurement and the Cross-Time Stability of Individual and Family Variables." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 63(3): 881-894. Abstract.

Goldscheider, F., Arland Thornton, and L.S. Yang. 2001. "Helping Out the Kids: Expectations about Parental Support in Young Adulthood." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 63(3): 727-740. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland, and L. Young-DeMarco. 2001. "Four Decades of Trends in Attitudes Toward Family Issues in the United States: The 1960s Through the 1990s." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 63(4): 1009-1037. Abstract.

Barber, Jennifer S., William Axinn, and Arland Thornton. 1999. "Unwanted Childbearing, Health and Mother-Child Relationships." Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 40(3): 231-257. Abstract. Licensed Access.

Yabiku, Scott T., William Axinn, and Arland Thornton. 1999. "Family Integration and Children's Self-Esteem." American Journal of Sociology, 104(5): 1494-1524. DOI. Abstract.

Fricke, Tom E., Arland Thornton, and Dilli R. Dahal. 1998. "Netting in Nepal: Social Change, the Life Course, and Brideservice in Sangila." Human Ecology, 26(2): 213-237. Abstract.

Axinn, William, Jennifer S. Barber, and Arland Thornton. 1998. "The Long-Term Impact of Parents' Childbearing Decisions on Children's Self -Esteem." Demography, 35(4): 435-443. Abstract. Licensed Access.

Axinn, William, and Arland Thornton. 1996. "The influence of parents' marital dissolutions on children's attitudes toward family formation." Demography, 33(1): 66-81. Abstract. Licensed Access.

Thornton, Arland, William Axinn, and Jay D. Teachman. 1995. "The Influence of School Enrollment and Accumulation on Cohabitation and Marriage in Early Adulthood." American Sociological Review, 60(5): 762-74. Abstract. Licensed Access.

Thornton, Arland, Terri L. Orbuch, and William Axinn. 1995. "Parent-Child Relationships During the Transition to Adulthood." Journal of Family Issues, 16(5): 538-64. DOI. Abstract.

Axinn, William, Marin E. Clarkberg, and Arland Thornton. 1994. "Family Influences on Family Size Preferences." Demography, 31(1): 65-79. Abstract. Licensed Access.

Thornton, Arland. 1994. "Comparative and Historical Perspectives on Marriage, Divorce, and Family Life." Utah Law Review, 1994(2): 587-604.

Thornton, Arland, Linda C. Young-DeMarco, and Frances Goldscheider. 1993. "Leaving the Parental Nest: The Experience of a Young White Cohort in the 1980s." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 55(1): 216-29. Abstract.

Hill, Daniel H., William Axinn, and Arland Thornton. 1993. "Competing Hazards with Shared Unmeasured Risk Factors." Sociological Methodology, 23: 245-77. Abstract. Licensed Access.

Frey, William H., Tom E. Fricke, William Axinn, and Arland Thornton. 1993. "Marriage, Social Inequality, and Women's Contact with Their Natal Families in Alliance Societies: Two Tamang Examples." American Anthropologist, 95(2): 395-419. Abstract. Licensed Access.

Axinn, William, and Arland Thornton. 1993. "Mothers, Children, and Cohabitation: The Intergenerational Effects of Attitudes and Behavior." American Sociological Review, 58(2): 233-46. Abstract. Licensed Access.

Dahal, Dilli R., Tom E. Fricke, and Arland Thornton. 1993. "The Family Contexts of Marriage Timing in Nepal." Ethnology, 32(4): 305-23. Abstract.

Axinn, William, and Arland Thornton. 1992. "The Relationship between Cohabitation and Divorce: Selectivity or Causal Influence?" Demography, 29(3): 357-74. Abstract. Licensed Access.

Axinn, William, and Arland Thornton. 1992. "The Influence of Parental Resources on the Timing of the Transition to Marriage." Social Science Research, 21(3): 261-285. DOI. Abstract. Public Access.

Thornton, Arland, William Axinn, and Daniel H. Hill. 1992. "Reciprocal Effects of Religiosity, Cohabitation, and Marriage." American Journal of Sociology, 98(3): 628-65. Abstract. Licensed Access.

Thornton, Arland. 1991. "Influence of the Marital History of Parents on the Marital and Cohabitational Experiences of Children." American Journal of Sociology, 96(4): 868-94. Abstract.

Axinn, William, Tom E. Fricke, and Arland Thornton. 1991. "The Microdemographic Community-Study Approach: Improving Survey Data by Integrating the Ethnographic Method." Sociological Methods and Research, 20(2): 187-217. DOI. Abstract.

Freedman, Deborah S., and Arland Thornton. "The Consumption Aspirations of Adolescents: Determinants and Implications." Youth and Society, 21, no.3 (March 1990): 259-81. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland. 1990. "The Courtship Process and Adolescent Sexuality." Journal of Family Issues, 11(3): 239-73. Abstract.

Fricke, Tom E., Arland Thornton, and Dilli R. Dahal. 1990. "Family Organization and the Wage Labor Transition in a Tamang Community of Nepal." Human Ecology, 18: 283-313. Abstract.

Weinstein, Maxine, and Arland Thornton. "Mother-Child Relations and Adolescent Sexual Attitudes and Behavior." Demography, 26, no.4 (November 1989): 563-77. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland. 1989. "Changing Attitudes Toward Family Issues in the United States." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 51(4): 873-93. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland, and Donald Camburn. 1989. "Religious Participation and Adolescent Sexual Behavior and Attitudes." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 51(3): 641-53. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland. 1988. "Cohabitation and Marriage in the 1980s." Demography, 25(4): 497-508. Abstract.

Freedman, Deborah, Arland Thornton, Donald Camburn, Duane Alwin, and Linda Young-DeMarco. "The Life History Calendar: A Technique for Collecting Retrospecitve Data." Sociological Methodology, 18(1988): 37-68. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland. 1985. "Changing Attitudes toward Separation and Divorce: Causes and Consequences." The American Jouurnal of Sociology, 90(4): 856-72.

Thornton, Arland, C. Chang, and Te Hsiung Sun. 1984. "Social and Economic Change, Intergenerational Relationships, and Family Formation in Taiwan." Demography, 21(4): 475-99. Abstract.

Freedman, D.S., and Arland Thornton. "Income and Fertility: The Elusive Relationship." Demography, 19, no. 1 (February 1982): 65-78. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland, D.S. Freedman, and D. Camburn. 1982. "Obtaining Respondent Cooperation in Family Panel Studies." Sociological Methods & Research, 11(1): 33-51. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland, and D. Freedman. 1982. "Changing Attitudes toward Marriage and Single Life." Family Planning Perspectives, 14(6): 297-303. Abstract.

Freedman, Ronald, D. Freedman, and Arland Thornton. 1980. "Changes in Fertility Expectations and Preferences between 1962-1977: Their Relation to Final Parity." Demography, 17(4): 365-78. Abstract.

Freedman, D.S., Arland Thornton, and D. Camburn. "Maintaining Response Rates in Longitudinal Studies." Sociological Methods & Research, 9, no. 1 (August 1980): 87-98.

Freedman, D.S., Arland Thornton, and L. Wallisch. "Age at First Birth and Family Size: Evidence from a Longitudinal Study." Social Biology, 28(Fall/Winter1981): 217-27.

Thornton, Arland. 1980. "The Influence of First Generation Fertility and Economic Status on Second Generation Fertility." Population and Environment, 31(1): 51-72.

Freedman, D.S., and Arland Thornton. "The Long-Term Impact of Pregnancy at Marriage on the Family's Economic Circumstances." Family Planning Perspectives, 11, no. 1 (1979): 6-21.

Thornton, Arland, and D. Freedman. 1979. "Changes in the Sex Role Attitudes of Women, 1962-1977: Evidence from a Panel Study." American Sociological Review, 44(5): 831-42. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland. 1979. "Fertility and Income, Consumption Aspirations, and Child Quality Standards." Demography, 16(2): 157-75. Abstract.

Chapters

Thornton, Arland. 2012. "International Family Change And Continuity: The Past And Future From The Developmental Idealism Perspective." In Marriage at the Crossroads: Law, Policy, and the Brave New World of Twenty-First-Century Families edited by Marsha Garrison and Elizabeth Scott. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland. 2010. "Creating Questions and Protocols for an International Study of Ideas About Development and Family Life." In Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional and Multicultural Conexts.

Thornton, Arland. 2009. "Historical and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Marriage." In Marriage and family: perspectives and complexities edited by H. Elizabeth Peters and Claire M. Kamp Dush. New York: Columbia University Press.

Jayakody, Rukmalie, Arland Thornton, and William Axinn. 2008. "Perspectives on international family change." In International Family Change: ideational perspectives edited by Rukmalie Jayakody; Arland Thornton; William G Axinn. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, and Dirgha Ghimire. 2008. "International dissemination of ideas about development and family change." In International Family Change: ideational perspectives edited by Rukmalie Jayakody, Arland Thornton, William G Axinn. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Thornton, Arland, and William Axinn. 2004. "The Social Demography of Fertility: Some Contributions of American Surveys." In Telescope on Society: Survey Research and Social Science at the University of Michigan and Beyond edited by J. S. House, F. T Juster, R.L. Kahn, H. Schuman and E. Singer. Pp. 281-304. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Thornton, Arland, Ronald Freedman, and William Axinn. 2002. "Intergenerational Panel Study of Parents and Children." In Looking at Lives: American Longitudinal Studies of the Twentieth Century edited by Erin Phelps, Frank F Furstenberg and Anne Colby. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. Abstract.

Barber, Jennifer S., William Axinn, and Arland Thornton. 2002. "The Influence of Attitudes on Family Formation Processes." In Meaning and Choice: Value Orientations and Life Course Decisions edited by Ron Lesthaeghe. The Hague: Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute.

Thornton, Arland, William Axinn, Tom E. Fricke, and Duane Alwin. 2001. "Values and Beliefs in the Lives of Children and Families." In The Well-Being of Children and Families: Research and Data Needs edited by Arland Thornton. Pp. 215-243. Ann Arbor, MI: Univeristy of Michigan Press.

Thornton, Arland, J. Brooks-Gunn, G. Duncan, J. Evans, E. Perets, D. runyan, and J. Teachman. 2001. "Recommendations." In The Well-Being of Children and Families: Research and Data Needs edited by A. Thornton. Pp. 437-448. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press.

Yang, L.S., Arland Thornton, and Tom E. Fricke. 2000. "Religion and Family Formation in Transitional Taiwan: The Decline of Ancestral Authority." In Family, Religion and Social Change in Diverse Societies edited by S.K. Houseknecht and J.G. Pankhurst. Pp. 121-146. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Axinn, William, and Arland Thornton. 2000. "The Transformation in the Meaning of Marriage." In Ties That Bind: Perspectives on Marriage and Cohabitation edited by L. Waite, C. Bachrach, M. Hindin, E. Thompson, and A. Thornton. Pp. 147-165. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.

Thornton, Arland. 1996. "Comparative and Historical Perspectives on Marriage, Divorce, and Family Life." In Promises to Keep edited by D. Popenoe, J.B. Elshtain and D. Blankenhorn. Pp. 69-87. Lanham, MA: Rowman & Littlefield.

PSC Reports

Thornton, Arland, and Li-Shou Yang. 2013. "Perceptions of Developmental Hierarchies in Taiwan: Conceptual, Substantive, and Methodological Insights." PSC Research Report No. 13-807. October 2013. Abstract. PDF.

Thornton, Arland, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Dirgha Ghimire. 2012. "Views of the Interrelationships of the Dimensions of Developmental Idealism and Family Life: Evidence from Nepal." PSC Research Report No. 12-778. October 2012. Abstract. PDF.

Thornton, Arland, Dirgha Ghimire, and Linda Young-DeMarco. 2012. "The Reliability and Stability of Measures about People’s Values and Beliefs Concerning Family Life and Social Change." PSC Research Report No. 12-777. October 2012. Abstract. PDF.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Kathryn Yount, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha Ghimire, and Yu Xie. 2010. "International Fertility Change: New Data and Insights from the Developmental Idealism Framework." PSC Research Report No. 10-713. June 2010. Abstract. PDF.

Thornton, Arland, and Yu Xie. 2010. "Knowledge and Beliefs Concerning Development and Income Inequality in China and the United States." PSC Research Report No. 10-714. July 2010. Abstract. PDF.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha Ghimire, Arjan Gjonca, Attila Melegh, Colter Mitchell, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Kathryn Yount. 2010. "Knowledge and Beliefs of Ordinary People about Developmental Hierarchies." PSC Research Report No. 10-715. July 2010. Abstract. PDF.

Thornton, Arland. 2009. "The Detroit Area Study and Me." PSC Research Report No. 09-676. May 2009. Abstract. PDF.

Binstock, Georgina, and Arland Thornton. 2006. "Knowledge and Use of Developmental Thinking about Societies and Families among Teenagers in Argentina." PSC Research Report No. 06-587. January 2006. Abstract. PDF.

de Jong, Julie, Dirgha Ghimire, Arland Thornton, and Lisa D. Pearce. 2006. "Developmental Idealism and Changing Models of Marriage." PSC Research Report No. 06-609. October 2006. Abstract. PDF.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, and Dirgha Ghimire. 2004. "International Networks, Ideas, and Family Change." PSC Research Report No. 04-566. October 2004. Abstract. PDF.

Thornton, Arland, Dirgha Ghimire, and Colter Mitchell. 2004. "The Measurement and Prevalence of Developmental Thinking about the Family: Evidence from Nepal." PSC Research Report No. 04-567. October 2004. Abstract. PDF.