Emergent Families of the 1970s: Values, Practices, and Impact on Children

  • Bernice T. Eiduson


The less-than-intact family is not new to the clinician. We have all learned and had confirmed through years of clinical experience that societal disorganization and individual pathology often go hand-in-hand with family disorganization and family pathology. We have had the “aha experience” when searching the record of a juvenile delinquent to find that he essentially was homeless, uprooted from biological parents at an early age; we have shaken our heads knowingly when the father deserts and a child becomes apathetic and withdrawn; we have expected, with a history of early separation between mother and child, a drifting, rootless, unattached youngster. We have had compelling evidence through our experience with individuals who develop deviantly that indeed, the family is the primary socialization agent for the child. Experience has sensitized us, perhaps too much so, to what the stable, rooted, intact nuclear family ideally can and should be providing, not only to the child but to every member. Therefore, when modification in the traditional nuclear family unit has taken place in the past, it is not surprising that clinicians expect the worst and tool up for the resulting personal and societal traumas.


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  • Bernice T. Eiduson
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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