The papers in this Special Issue are drawn from presentations at the January 2014 biennial conference of the Family Economics and Resource Management Association (FERMA). All presenters of scholarly works were offered the opportunity to submit papers for acceptance in the Special Issue. These papers successfully completed the journal’s peer-review process and are consistent with two of the journal’s manuscript categories: applied research articles and program articles. FERMA is appreciative of the Editor-In-Chief of The Forum, Jacquelyn McClelland, for making this Special Issue of the refereed publication available to professionals specifically interested in family economics and resource management content.

The first three papers are applied research articles. “Sibling rivalry and the health benefits of the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)” explores the extent to which food purchased with WIC vouchers is shared within the family and the resulting implications for program revisions. As the title suggests, “Competence in consumer credit products: A suggested definition” explores the multidimensional nature of competence and applies the definition to the use of consumer credit products. “Process-Oriented Guided-Inquiry Learning in financial literacy education” tests the effectiveness of the POGIL process versus traditional lecture format when applied to teaching financial literacy.

The remaining five papers are program articles. “Small Steps to Health and Wealth™: Program update and research insights” followed by “Small Steps to Health and Wealth™ for Older Adults” focus on daily actions that are small, but effective in encouraging behavior changes that improve one’s health and finances. In the latter article, the focus is on encouraging behavior changes of health and personal finance for adults 50 or older. “Managing in Tough Times: Building a MONEYWI$E program” shares the process used to establish the uniquely derived and oriented program in which a grass-roots process determines each county’s programming needs. “Cooperatives in Your Community: A curriculum for young adults” is a curriculum designed to teach high school students about both consumer and agricultural cooperatives (co-ops). “Providing money management education to women through Extension — Women and Money: Unique Issues,” as its title indicates, is a ten-hour curriculum designed to teach financial management skills and raise awareness of financial issues unique to women.

We thank the authors of the papers in this Special Issue for their submissions and timely turnaround of revisions.  Also, we want to call your attention to the following list of reviewers for the Special Issue: Family Economics and Resource Management. Their thorough reviews and timely turnaround facilitated our service as editors.


Guest Editors

Claudia J. Heath, Ph.D. University of Kentucky
Martie Gillen, Ph.D. University of Florida


The following table lists the reviewers for this Special Issue of The Forum

Patrick Babiarz
University of Georgia
Lisa Leslie
University of Florida
Susan S. Baker
Colorado State University
Jean Lown
Utah State University
Joanne Bankston
Kentucky State University
Carole Makela
Colorado State University
Ann Berry
University of Tennessee
Kathleen Morgan
Rutgers University
Lynne Borden
University of Arizona
Travis Mountain
The Ohio State University
Cathy Faulcon Bowen
Pennsylvania State University
Megan O’Neil
University of Maryland
Swarn Chatterjee
University of Georgia
Karen Lynn Poff
Virginia Tech
Brenda Cude
University of Georgia
Jesse Richardson
Virginia Tech
Sharon Danes
University of Minnesota
Deanna Sharpe
University of Missouri-Columbia
Julie England
University of Florida
Kimberly Skobba
University of Georgia
Cindy Fletcher
Iowa State University
Tasha Snyder
The Ohio State University
John Grable
University of Georgia
Marlene Stum
Montana State University
Nancy Granovsky
Texas A & M University
Karen Varcoe
University of California-Riverside
Gretchen Hofing
North Carolina State University
Jennifer Walsh
University of Florida
Jennifer Hunter
University of Kentucky
Judith Warren
Texas A & M University
Jenny Jump
University of Florida
Melissa Wilmarth
University of Alabama
Jinhee Kim
University of Maryland
Yilan Xu
University of Illinois
Janet Kurzynske
University of Kentucky
Kelly Qun Zhang
University of Kentucky



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