This book documents the experiences of rural Iowa families, who lived through the "farm crisis" years of the 1980s, in a fashion that might help families of the future cope more successfully with economic reversals. The documentation could be used to fashion more effective social policies.
Table of Contents
Part I. Families and Hardship 1. Families in Troubled Times: The Iowa Youth and Families Project 2. Analyzing Family Stress and Adaptation: Methods of Study Part II. Rural Families and Communities 3. Rural Economic and Social Trends 4. Families Under Economic Pressure 5. Survival, Loss, and Adaptation: A Perspective on Farm Families 6. Children in the Household Economy Part III. Husbands and Wives 7. Family Origins of Personal and Social Well-Being 8. Doing Worse and Feeling Worse: Psychological Consequences of Economic Hardship 9. Economic Stress and Marital Relations Part IV. Adolescent Development 10. Economic Pressure and Harsh Parenting 11. Resilient and Vulnerable Adolescents 12. Sibling Relations During Hard Times Part V. Reviewing the Evidence 13. Family Stress and Adaptation: Reviewing the Evidence