Children Of The Great Depression: 25th Anniversary Edition

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Avalon Publishing, 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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Contents

The Depression Experience
5
A18
18
Adaptations to Economic Deprivation
25
A28
28
Coming of Age in the Depression
41
IV
44
Children in the Household Economy
64
Family Relations
82
Personality in Adult Experience
240
The Depression Experience in Life Patterns
269
Beyond Children of the Great Depression
299
Appendix A Tables
345
Appendix B Sample Characteristics Data Sources
364
On Comparisons of the Great
374
Notes
381
Selected Bibliography
421

Status Change and Personality
118
The Adult Years
149

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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 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.

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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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