Family Studies Database

(1970 - Present)

181,000 abstracts and bibliographic records

Published by NISC in association with the National Council on Family Relations Formerly: Family Resources and Inventory of Marriage & Family Literature

Now together on one CD-ROM: Family Studies Database and Australian Family & Society Abstracts (FAMILY) !

Family Studies Database (1970 - present) is the world's most comprehensive, systematic, and non-evaluative resource of research, policy, and practice literature in the fields of Family Science, Human Ecology, and Human Development. FSD, including FAMILY, provides over 181,000 abstracts and bibliographic records drawn from over a thousand professional journals, books, popular literature, conference papers, government reports, and other sources, many of which are indexed exclusively in FSD. About 9,000 abstracts are added to the CD-ROM each year.

Family Studies Database is a core resource in our series of NISC DISCs on family-related topics. NISC produces as well as publishes FSD, which formerly was produced by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). FSD contains all the records of the discontinued print version, Inventory of Marriage & Family Literature, plus abstracts which were never available in print. The highly respected Australian Family & Society Abstracts, commonly known as FAMILY, is produced by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Australian Institute of Family Studies, Australian Family & Society Abstracts
Commonly known by its short title FAMILY, Australian Family & Society Abstracts (1980-present) indexes research, policy and practice literature about Australian families and the social issues that affect them. Publications indexed in the database are drawn from a wide range of social science disciplines including sociology, psychology, demography, health sciences, education, economics, law, history, and social work. Source documents are journal articles, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, discussion and working papers, unpublished papers, statistical documents and theses. Document delivery is offered by the Australian Institute of Family Studies on journal articles indexed in FAMILY. Questions and inquiries, email

Improved & Expanded
NISC is committed to making Family Studies Database more thorough and useful. The database has been redesigned for popular appeal as well as to fulfill the needs of social scientists and family practitioners. (See the sample record below.) The quality and quantity of literature cited have been increased, and the scope is more international. The abstracts, descriptors, and identifiers are much improved, and coverage includes new areas of research and types of publications.

Sample new record


Employer Obstacles to Child Care.


Kremarik, S.F.; Yang, R.K.; Fritz, J.J.


Yang - Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523, USA.


Child & Youth Care Forum; Vol 23(6), 413-428; 34 refs.; 4 illus. 1994.


Child Care; Day Care; Survey; Employers | American Society for Personnel Administration


The purpose of this study was to extend the understanding from existing literature about the relation between company characteristics and support of child care services. This study includes findings from smaller businesses, and describes the types of obstacles employers face in deciding to provide child care services. Of a sample total of 938 companies with 5-1,000+ employees, 458 returned usable surveys. The survey, modified from one developed by the American Society for Personnel Administration, gathered data concerning company profile, employer interest in child care services, potential obstacles, and employer activities. The study findings showed that only 5% of all businesses offer child care services. Larger businesses (250+ employees) are more likely to offer services. Factor analyses showed substantially different reasons, among 12 categories, explaining obstacles to providing child care. Expense, liability, and complexity of the child-care system were the greatest obstacles. Smaller businesses are more likely to be uninformed about child care provision, and are more likely to believe that child care problems do not interfere with employee performance. The authors suggest tasks for child-care advocates as they approach businesses of any size.



Day Care - latchkey children [015D]
Duel Career Families - blue and white collar [018D]
Economics and the Family [018]
Employment and the Family - anything to do with jobs/job
satisfaction [018E]
Working Mothers - a specific group [018W]


Journal Article




Major Topics:

* family violence
* families with special problems
* family therapy
* intermarriage
* minority groups
* family relationships & dynamics
* parenting
* adolescents
* organizations & services
* marriage & divorce
* reproduction issues
* work & gender roles
* family law & related issues
* sexual attitudes & behavior
* blended families
* family counseling & education
* trends in marriage & family
* families at risk

Adapted from NISC Product Description dated October 27, 1998