Modern Day Family Stress

Research was done in the U.S. of "the dual-earner, multiple-child, middle-class American household".

Some of the investigators are childless and what they experienced in their study can be summarised by one of their colleagues' comment: “The very purest form of birth control ever devised..."

The videotapes reveal parents as at-home teachers, enforcing homework deadlines. As coaches and personal trainers, sorting through piles of equipment. As camp directors, planning play dates and weekend “family time.”

“The coordination it takes, it’s more complicated than a theater production,” said Elinor Ochs, the U.C.L.A. linguistic anthropologist who led the study. “And there are no rehearsals.”

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