Behavior: Family: New Breed v. the Old

In The Greening of America, Charles Reich offered the giddy prediction that the values of the 1960s counterculture would remake America. Although his thesis was vastly overstated, those values are indeed becoming widespread. In 1974, Pollster Daniel Yankelovich reported that America's noncollege youth were adopting the counterculture values of sexual freedom and self-fulfillment, and were increasingly rejecting patriotism, respect for authority and material success. Last week the results of another Yankelovich poll indicated that this shift in values "seems to be reshaping the nature of the American family and its child-rearing practices."

The study, The American Family Report: Raising Children in a...

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