Increase in One-Parent Homes
Impact of Rising Divorce Rate on Family Units
The problems of the American family and what the government can do toward solving them have become a popular theme in this year's presidential campaign. Typical of his comments about home and family, Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter told a group of supporters in Manchester, N.H., on Aug. 3: “There can be no more urgent priority for the next administration than to see that every decision our government makes is designed to honor and support and strengthen the American family.” The Republican Party Platform, adopted in Kansas City two weeks later, expressed similar sentiments. “It is imperative,” the Republicans stated, “that our government's programs, actions, officials and social welfare institutions never be allowed to jeopardize ...