"Family Development in Three Generations" is an unusual kind of
multi-generational gathering--the result of a massive, in-depth
research effort. It is based upon Hill's personal interviews
conducted with over 300 families during the course of a year. The
discussion results from these interviews, from the statistical
information that they produced, and from Hill's consultation with
five other fellow researchers. This scholarly contribution to the
family field thoroughly analyzes the complexities of the modified
generational network. As a multi-generational study, it is pervaded
by the vigorous spirit that usually characterizes such
In his preface to "Family Development in Three Generations"
Reuben Hill invites the reader "to drop in on any generational
gathering" where "you will hear how much better or worse life was
in grandfather's day than today." Such discussions are usually
controversial and center upon shared experiences. Such rhetoric,
polemic, and energy sustain conversations among generations.
"Family Development in Three Generations" penetrates to the life
center of intimate change in American society. It is a wide-ranging
volume that presents varied and highly significant insights into
many fields. Scholars will find it a vital contribution to their
knowledge of the subject and laymen will find it full of valuable
information that they can profitably apply to their own families.
The work is widely recognized as a classic in longitudinal analysis
of family life.
"Reuben Hill" was professor of sociology at the University of
Minnesota, Minneapolis and is also the author of "Families under
Stress: Adjustment to the Crises of War Separation and Reunion." He
has served as a member and leader of the Family Service Association
of America, the Sex Information and Education Council, the National
Academy of Science, the National Council on Family Relations, and
the American Sociological Association.
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