The Children of Divorce


The wounds of growing up in Splitsville are very real:

The 1970s saw changes great and small in American society. More women began to move into the workforce and began to define themselves as more than wives, mothers or girlfriends.

While men grew their hair and wore flowered shirts, children were listening to Marlo Thomas singing “Free to Be… You and Me.”

Gender roles were changing. It was OK for Mom to be a doctor and Dad to be a nurse. It was also increasingly OK to leave behind the confines of marriage. The divorce rate, which had begun to climb in the 1960s, soared in the 1970s, as states began to adopt no-fault divorce laws.

But what did the 1970s divorce boom mean for the kids?

There’s more from NPR…

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