A Generation at Risk: Growing Up in an Era of Family Upheaval
Publisher: Harvard University Press | ISBN: 0674292839 | edition 1997 | PDF | pages 340 | 1,52 mb
This important and disturbing book by two sociology professors at the University of Nebraska and Pennsylvania State University, respectively, carefully examines how parents' socioeconomic resources, gender roles, and degree of marital happiness affect their children's lives. Like David Popenoe's Life Without Father (LJ 2/1/96), it strikes a resounding note of alarm at recent trends in American family life. The work is based on the results of a finely drawn 15-year study of a nationwide sampling of married couples and their adult offspring. There are no glittering generalizations here; Amato and Booth provide rich contextual detail and easily readable tables as they consider, for example, the effect of maternal employment on daughters' social integration (largely positive). Divorce proneness and marital unhappiness are, to be sure, negative influences but, consistent with their subtle, detailed analyses, the authors present these factors in terms of a number of variables, including when in a child's life divorce occurs and the intensity of interparental conflict prior to divorce. Public libraries should not be deterred by this book's scholarly presentation: it speaks to us all.?Ellen Gilbert, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J.