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  • Editorial Comments
  • James M. White, Co-Editor

Welcome to Volume 53, #1, of the 2022 Journal of Comparative Family Studies. This is the start of a new year and we are still in the midst of a global pandemic. The culprit remains SARS COVID-19, but this time our concern is focused on the Omicron variant. This continuing saga has made visiting loved ones, family celebrations, and even attending school impossible for many, and when such activities are possible, they are fraught with anxiety and discomfort. Much of the world has received scant access to vaccines. In the developed world, a significant number of anti-vaccine holdouts have allowed the virus time and hosts so that it may evolve into more transmissible and sometimes lethal variants. The world seems momentarily trapped between hope and despair.

There are, however, many bright glimmers on the horizon. Many of us have become more educated about disease vectors and our defensive strategies than we could have ever imagined in 2019. Most of the public recognizes the role of science in assisting public health departments in charting a course through threats to our health and economy. In addition, the role of peer reviewed studies is now more broadly appreciated by professionals and the public. Even some have recognized the value of "basic" science as providing solutions to problems not previously recognized in the applied world of market economies.

This is a segue into Volume 53 of the Journal. We continue to find skilled reviewers to review the many pages of research on families throughout the world, and this Volume 53 Issue #1 is a testament to that work. Behind the scenes are two co-editors, a managing editor and an assistant editor as well as an editorial board and reviewers. University of Toronto Press continues to post electronic and print copies of the Journal. Indeed, the publication of this issue and the subsequent issues of 2022 is a mammoth enterprise. The prime justification of this effort is the publication of the best research on families that has been submitted to us. Most importantly, we continue to provide you with the best basic research on families across the world.

Let's take a brief look at this first Issue for 2022. This issue is largely focused on parents and the process of parenting. Shu Su, Alyssa McElwain, and Xi Lin in their paper "Parenting Practices and Emerging Adult Well-Being in the United States and China" compare samples of U.S. and Chinese emerging adults, finding that control parenting such as "helicopter' parenting reduce the well-being levels for both samples. Sung Won Kim, Cong Zhang, Hirokazu Yoshikawa, Vanessa L. Fong, Niobe Way, Xinyin Chen, and Xiaoyan Ke, "Family Duties and Job Flexibility: Tradeoffs for Chinese Urban, Educated Mothers with Toddlers" identify some of the diverse strategies mothers in urban areas use in adapting work, role expectations, and child care. This paper complements the historial perspective provided by Zheng Mu and Felicia F. Tian in their paper "The Changing Patterns and Determinants of Stay-at-Home Motherhood in Urban China, 1982 to 2015." In addition, Umme Habiba Jasmine and Mzikazi Nduna in their paper [End Page 3] "Parenting in Bangladesh: A Review of the Literature from 2006 to 2018," provide a review of changing parental prectices in a South Asian context. The final article on parenting is "The Influence of Father Involvement on Their Children's Self-Esteem in the Arab World" by David Dingus, Max Eckert, Natasha Ridge, and Soohyun Jeon. This is an exploration into the paternal side of parenting and effects on children that begs for more attention.

The last two contributions to this issue focus more on marriage. Smadar Ben-Asher and Chaya Gershuni explore "Becoming a Bride: Traditional Societies Coping with the Transition from Taboo on Sexuality to Family Life Among Bedouin Arabs and Haredi Jews." Finally, Dominika Sladká's book review of "Creating Equality at Home: How 25 Couples Around the World Share Housework and Childcare" (edited by Francine M. Deutsch, and Ruth A. Gaunt) gives a sweeping cross-cultural account of how husbands and wives are managing the ideals of sharing and equality in the home.

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