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January 1949

The Contemporary American Family.

Am J Dis Child. 1949;77(1):139. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1949.02030040146016

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This book is a completely rewritten and reset edition of the authors' earlier work in 1934, "The American Family," and clearly reflects the more recent developments in sociologic thinking in this field. Drawing largely on this previous work, the authors give the reader an insight and preparedness that will help him handle his own problems, whether they are associated with premarriage, marriage or parenthood experiences. In accomplishing this purpose, the Groves' study is divided into four parts giving the development of the American family and the significance of the family as a social institution (part I), the emotional and psychologic aspects of our present domestic manner of life (part II), the important social problems associated with American family life (part III ) and the resources available for the improvement and strengthening of family life, emphasizing the interests of the family as a social organization and the potential values of marriage and

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