The Costs and Benefits of Obliviousness: Growing Up in the 1950s

  • James Garbarino


I was born in 1947, so I spent most of my childhood in the 1950s (and thus my adolescence in the 1960s) as a member of what is commonly referred to as the “Baby Boomer” generation. The name comes from the fact that after the relatively low birth rate associated with the Great Depression of the 1930s and the disruption of World War II (when more than eight million served in the military forces), with the end of the War and the return of the troops and prosperity, there was an explosion of births. From 1945 to 1946, the number of babies born in the USA jumped from 2.8 to 3.5 million per year and peaked in 1957 with a figure of 4.3 million [1]. It then held relatively steady for years to come as the siblings of the first wave of Baby Boomers were born and joined the swollen ranks of their older brothers and sisters (my younger brother was born in 1951 and my sister in 1958).


Sexual Orientation Young Person Positive Psychology Baby Boomer Social Skill Training 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology Center for the Human Rights of ChildrenLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA

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