Children of the Great Depression: 25th Anniversary Edition (Google eBook)

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Westview Press, Sep 11, 1998 - Psychology - 470 pages
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In this highly acclaimed work first published in 1974, Glen H. Elder Jr. presents the first longitudinal study of a Depression cohort. He follows 167 individuals born in 1920-1921 from their elementary school days in Oakland, California, through the 1960s. Using a combined historical, social, and psychological approach, Elder assesses the influence of the economic crisis on the life course of his subjects over two generations. The twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this classic study includes a new chapter on the war years entitled, "Beyond Children of the Great Depression."

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Median Family Income and Income Change
Adaptations to Economic Deprivation
Coming of Age in the Depression
Children in the Household Economy
Family Relations
Status Change and Personality
The Adult Years
Personality in Adult Experience
Beyond Children of the Great Depression
Appendix A Tables
A5 Ratings of Girls Dependability and Industry
A28 Activity Preferences of Women
Appendix B Sample Characteristics Data Sources
Selected Bibliography

The Depression Experience in Life Patterns

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Page 41 - One of the most common things— and it certainly happened to me— was this feeling of your father's failure. That somehow he hadn't beaten the rap. Sure things were tough, but why should I be the kid who had to put a piece of cardboard into the sole of my shoe to go to school? It was not a thing coupled with resentment against my father. It was simply this feeling of regret, that somehow he hadn't done better, that he hadn't gotten the breaks.
Page 397 - The form usually taken is that of the gift generously offered; but the accompanying behaviour is formal pretence and social deception, while the transaction itself is based on obligation and economic self-interest.
Page 1 - Middletown boosters liked editorials cheerily avowing that "many a family that has lost its car has found its soul," thanks to sounder nerves, rested bodies, better digestion and more sober Sabbath observance. Nor were such utterances merely the revised Protestant version of old Puritan gospel, for the Reverend John F. O'Hara, president of Notre Dame University, added his assurance that "as a result of the Depression...
Page 382 - A social institution can be fully understood only if we do not limit ourselves to the abstract study of its formal organization, but analyze the way in which it appears in the personal experience of various members of the group and follow the influence which it has upon their lives.
Page 92 - A barely perceptible weakness, one which might be tolerated in a good provider, tends to be seized upon as a possible cause of the husband's failure. This excessive sensitivity to the husband's faults unhappily feeds into another typical tendency: fault-finding is easy because economic failure is likely to magnify shortcomings. The poor providers are, themselves, frustrated and anxious. Not many men can handle these destructive emotions without further painful consequences, such as drinking, violence,...
Page 1 - . . . the great knife of the depression had cut down impartially through the entire population cleaving open lives and hopes of rich as well as poor. The experience has been more nearly universal than any prolonged recent emotional experience in the city's history; it has approached in its elemental shock the primary experiences of birth and death.
Page 239 - Spock-oriented mothers believe, deep in their hearts, that if they did their job well enough all of their children would be creative, intelligent, kind, generous, happy, brave, spontaneous, and good— each, of course, in his or her own special way.

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About the author (1998)

Glen H. Elder Jr. is Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor of Sociology and research professor of psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he codirects the Carolina Consortium on Human Development and manages a research program on life course studies at the Carolina Population Center, the Center for Developmental Science, and the Institute of Aging. He has also served on the faculties of the University of California at Berkeley and Cornell University.

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