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by David Popenoe

  • ISBN: 0765802597
  • Category: Americas
  • Subcategory: History
  • Author: David Popenoe
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers (November 28, 2004)
  • Pages: 269
  • ePub book: 1283 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1344 kb
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  • Rating: 4.7
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David Popenoe is America's most articulate voice warning about the costs to children of the declining strength of families. War Over the Family tells the story of his intellectual struggles to alert us to both the problem and possible solutions

David Popenoe is America's most articulate voice warning about the costs to children of the declining strength of families. War Over the Family tells the story of his intellectual struggles to alert us to both the problem and possible solutions. This is a great book about great ideas and Popenoe's outstanding leadership on arguably the most important issue of our time. Don Browning, University of Chicago, and author of Marriage and Modernization.

Xiv, 269 pages ; 24 cm. "Drawing on his most seminal thinking, this book presents Popenoe's observations and interpretations of the great family debate.

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David Popenoe" is professor of sociology and co-director of the National Marriage Project at Rutgers University. One of the most surprising and controversial social debates of the past two decades has been about the meaning and importance of marriage and the family in contemporary American life.

Referred to by some as a culture "war over the family," the debate has pitted those concerned about the weakening of the traditional married-parent nuclear family, especially in its impact on children, against those arguing that nothing has gone wrong with families-that they are merely "diversifying. David Popenoe has been one of the most influential figures in laying out for a wide audience the importance of "family decline," and what it means for our children, our society, and our future.

War Over the Family book. David Popenoe has been one of the most influential figures in laying out for a wide audience the importance of -family decline, - and what it means for our children, our society, and our future.

David Popenoe sets out the case for fatherhood and the two-parent family as the best arrangement for ensuring the well-being and future development of children. His argument has two critical assumptions, which he supports with evidence from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, biology, and history. The American family is changing. Divorce, single parents, and stepfamilies are redefining the way we live together and raise our children. Is this a change for the worse? David Popenoe sets out the case for fatherhood and the two-parent family as the best arrangement for ensuring the well-being and future development of children.

One of the most surprising and controversial social debates of the past two decades has been about the meaning and importance of marriage and the family i. . Family Decline in America. Marriage and the Family Today. The Family Condition of America: Cultural Change and Public Policy.

Paul Bowman Popenoe (October 16, 1888 – June 19, 1979) was an American agricultural explorer and eugenicist. He was an influential advocate of the compulsory sterilization of the mentally ill and the mentally disabled, and the father of marriage counseling in the United States. Born Paul Bowman Popenoe in Topeka, Kansas in 1888, he was the son of Marion Bowman Popenoe and Frederick Oliver Popenoe, a pioneer of the avocado industry. Popenoe dropped his middle name early in life

One of the most surprising and controversial social debates of the past two decades has been about the meaning and importance of marriage and the family in contemporary American life. Referred to by some as a culture "war over the family," the debate has pitted those concerned about the weakening of the traditional married-parent nuclear family, especially in its impact on children, against those arguing that nothing has gone wrong with families--that they are merely "diversifying." David Popenoe has been one of the most influential figures in laying out for a wide audience the importance of "family decline," and what it means for our children, our society, and our future.

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It's the fact that an enormous amount of our population has been permanently damaged by their own parents.

The actual extent of the damage is never the subject of a television special or movie. It's rarely discussed in books, save for a few brave researchers who have published the evidence, to the utter silence and disinterest of the public at large.

And here it is again, in this collection of essays, "War Over the Family".

Starting with the sexual revolution caused by finding cheap, reliable birth control in the 1960s, a perfect storm of social and moral changes has altered childhood in western nations. The result has been to cause lifelong emotional, scholastic, and cultural harm to half, or in some cases more than half, of the children in western nations.

"'At no time in history, with the possible exception of Imperial Rome," Kingsley Davis, the eminent demographer, says, 'has the institution of marriage been more problematic than it is today'" (p 191).

The US and the UK currently have an illegitimacy rate of over 40%; many other European nations have an even higher percentage of illegitimate children.

Marriage is essentially vanishing at the very moment we have research studies proving, in hundreds of thousands of studies from every nation in the world, poor or rich, that being raised apart from both genetic parents causes inestimable, and lifelong, harm to the majority of children who experience it.

And divorce is not much less harmful than illegitimacy. "About one in five divorced fathers had not seen his children in the past year, and less than half of divorced fathers saw their children more than several times a year" (p 119).

The results of single parent homes:

Violent crime --an increase of six-fold by teens
Child abuse has exploded (all too frequently caused by the mother's new boyfriend or latest husband)
Rates of incest have exploded--again, mostly by stepfathers.
In single parent households 38% of the children in America live in poverty.
The majority of teens who never finish high school come from single parent homes.
The majority of adults living below the poverty line came from single parent homes.
The majority of children raised in single parent or divorced homes will have problems, not only in school, but finding, and keeping jobs.
The vast majority of all prison inmates came from single parent or divorced households--some findings at 80-90 %.
Teens raised apart from both genetic parents are hugely more likely to commit suicide, abuse drugs or alcohol, and suffer emotional problems. And these problems do not vanish with time. Not at all. In the majority of cases, it appears problems will continue throughout their lives.
The children who have to repeat grades in schools almost all come from single parent households.
The majority of pregnant teens come from single parent homes.
Most--mind you, most--will never be able to maintain a lifelong marriage. .

"Few bodies of social research have had such consistent findings" (p76). Ever. And yet the bookstores overflow with chipper titles on divorce, or raising a child alone, all full of nonsense, and all ignoring the vast mountains of evidence proving what is really going on.

Here are the findings:
Being raised in a home by your two genetic parents (yes, even if they are seriously unhappy) results in a huge advantage for children.
Children who experienced the death of one parents have almost the same outcomes as parents raised by their two genetic parents.
Children adopted and raised by a mother and father have outcomes almost as good as those raised by their own parents.'

And then, falling, way, way down the scale, indeed, at findings almost cut in half, are children of divorced parents.
Illegitimate children fare even worse than those.
And worst of all, by far: children raised in stepparent homes. The findings of children raised in stepparent homes have been so nightmarish it is terrifying.
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My comments constructed a few years after the publication of the book; yet not without a great deal of personal interest in the plight of marriage and family in the United States.

My first encounter with the resources of the author/educator came in the writing of my own story—my own continuing plight with divorce, custody and criminalization: Life without Father: Compelling New Evidence that Fatherhood and Marriage... has been great resource among others such as Stephen Baskerville, Warren Ferrell, David Blankenhorn, and Maggie Gallagher.

But in this work, War over the Family, I have been disappointed to find little regarding the changes in divorce law that spurred higher rates of divorce. Government is certainly mentioned, but only in regard to the its limited action or intervention—and not as a leading culprit in the assault on marriage/family: state laws (no-fault, unilateral and uncontested divorce) have been central to the skyrocketing divorce rate and, subsequently, the decline or “de-institutionalizing” (as the author terms it) of marriage.

Yes, there are multiple reasons or causes contributing to the devaluing in marriage, the rise in illegitimacy, and decline of family. But state-level laws have been at the center of this trend that has contributed significantly to the reduction of societal or social strength (the former USSR had instituted a similar form of divorce in 1968 notably designed for similar purposes of reducing social strength--growing state power). Lest we forget that anything that the government subsidizes, you get more of it.