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Anth 370 Family, Gender, Generation
February 5, 2000
Stephanie Coontz, in
Chapter 5, "Putting Divorce in Perspective," in The Way We Really Are
(1998), argues that despite public beliefs to the contrary, divorce does not necessarily cause
problems for the children involved. She cites numerous studies which show that 75-80% of
children from divorced families do not have problems; and of those who do, poverty, little
maternal education, parental quarreling, and changing residence and school create many more
problems than the divorce itself. She seeks to draw attention to the public need to accept the
presence of "new" family forms in order to increase public understanding of the best ways to
raise children within alternative families. The chapter continues her two-pronged attempt to
debunk simplistic moralizing while also providing helpful information for people overwhelmed
by changing family circumstances.