March 2004, Vol. 9, No. 1
ISSN 1540 5273

Feature Articles

Newlywed Debt: The Anti-Dowry

James P. Marshall and Linda Skogrand


Marriages are most fragile in the early years with 20 percent of divorces occurring in the first 5 years of marriage. Money is one of the topics couples fight about most often during these years, and it is also a contributing factor in many divorces. Debt brought into marriage is an especially troublesome part of many couples’ money problems. Research shows that debt brought into marriage is the number one problem area for newlyweds. Facts about debt brought into marriage, the effects of debt on newlywed relationships, and debt elimination ideas are presented. Full text.

A Process for Learning About and Creating Programs for Culturally Diverse Audiences

Linda Skogrand


This article provides a process for responding to the charge by Extension to be more effective in reaching culturally diverse audiences. A process for learning about these audiences includes using academic resources; learning from culturally specific media; attending cultural events; visiting locations frequented by members of the target population; and enlisting help from a cultural guide. Using this process will result in knowing how to create programming by answering such questions as: how members of the target population learn, who participates in learning, and where learning takes place. Educational programming created using this process is more likely to be effective in attracting and providing benefit to the target audience because it takes into account the culture perspective of the audience served. Full Text.

Applied Research

Food Safety Related Practices and Acculturation of First Generation Chinese Americans in Pennsylvania

Nan Lv and Katherine L. Cason


This study sought to assess food-safety-related practices among first-generation Chinese Americans and their relationship with demographic characteristics and level of acculturation. A convenience sample of 399 Chinese Americans participated in the study. Results indicated that most respondents (about 95 percent) applied some positive food safety practices. About 90 percent of respondents reported frequently or always engaging in practices that prevent cross-contamination. Approximately 40 percent reported always using a household disinfectant when cleaning the sink and/or cutting board(s). Improper refrigeration and thawing methods were common. Females, married individuals, and individuals with children reported that they more frequently applied positive food safety practices than did males, individuals who were never married, and respondents with no children. More acculturated respondents were less likely to report negative food safety practices. Full Text.

Nonrefereed Articles

Perspectives: Extension’s Support of Informal Child Care Providers by Susan K. Walker Full Text.


Second Time Around: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: A Curriculum Guide for Group Leaders

Linda Dannison and Ann Nieuwenhuis; reviewed by Robert J. Fetsch and Sherri Lester Full Text.

Recent Developments

Multi-state Capacity Building in Program Evaluation

Sherry C. Betts, Pamela B. C. Kutara and Daniel A. McDonald Full Text.

Editor’s Corner

Endings and Beginnings

Jacquelyn W. McClelland, Editor, FFCI Full Text.



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