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Title: Fate of the Family
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1. Harvey, Charlotte Bruce
Fate of the Family
St. Petersburg Times, May 24, 1992: 1D
Cohort(s): NLS General
Publisher: St. Petersburg Publishing House
Keyword(s): Divorce; Family Structure; Marriage; Sex Roles

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For the past decade or so, Americans have listened anxiously to a litany of alarms about the decline of the family. We've heard frightening statistics about the divorce rate, about day-care scandals, about teenage single mothers, about latch-key kids who spend hours glued to the tube. We've listened frustrated, confused and angry at times as one side painted the family as a patriarchal prison that devalues women's contributions as drudgery, while the other side blamed women for wanting to have it all at the expense of the family. Family advocate Frances K. Goldscheider agrees with the conservatives who worry that the family is in danger, but she says they've bagged the wrong suspect. Since her graduate school days in the '60s, Goldscheider had been studying the growing numbers of Americans living alone, first looking at elderly women and then observing a similar shift among young people. In 1980, while on a research sabbatical at the RAND Corp. in California, she met another demographer, Linda J. Waite, who had been studying marriage specifically, the factors that lead people to marry. As they talked about their work, Goldscheider began to wonder whether independent living might affect young people's marriage patterns. With grants from RAND and then other foundations, she and Waite began what would evolve into a 10-year, cross-country collaboration, culminating last fall in the publication of New Families, No Families? The Transformation of the American Home (University of California Press). Their book centers around the generation of Americans who came into their 30s during the 1980s, analyzing their sex-role attitudes, work and living arrangements. It uses data from the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience, which are based on repeated interviews with the same subjects over a number of years.
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Harvey, Charlotte Bruce. "Fate of the Family." St. Petersburg Times, May 24, 1992: 1D.