Balancing Work and the Rest of Life
The end of World War II resulted in emergence of the modern suburban family (Pruitt & Rapoport, n.d.). Soldiers and others working for the war effort returned home and got married or came back to family life during peacetime. The G.I. Bill offered former members of the military financial assistance to attend college and buy a home. Work was plentiful and centered in the emerging suburban areas around major cities. This was the start of the era of the traditional suburban family: mom and dad, two kids, a dog, and a station wagon.
Americans in the 1950s embraced stable family values in order to maintain the status quo (Russel, 1993). The fear of communism created a society craving security and conformity. ...
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