ERIC Number: ED318956
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Ward Doesn't Live Here Anymore.
Coleman, Marion Tolbert
In this paper, reproduced from a speech given before the Communications Network in Philanthropy, the author uses television as a metaphor to explain the role of the family in the United States, focusing on the "Leave It to Beaver" series. An oral picture is used to discuss the changing nature of the family and divorce. First the family life of the Cleavers in "Leave It to Beaver" is described and parallels are drawn from the author's own childhood. References to other television shows portraying families are included. Contrasts are made between television families of the 1950s and 1980s. It is claimed that divorce is the social trend which has most affected families. A scenario in which Ward and June Cleaver divorce after Ward meets an accountant 10 years younger than himself is presented. Research which indicates that children of divorce suffer in relationships as adults due to effects of their parents' divorce is discussed. It is claimed that marriages seem to be in trouble more than in the past because marriage itself has changed and expectations from the marriage relationship are greater than ever. It is recommended that images of diversity in the family be promoted and that encouragement and information to those in troubled family situations be provided. (ABL)
Descriptors: Divorce, Family Characteristics, Family Life, Family Problems, Family Structure, Marriage, Mass Media Role, Television, Trend Analysis
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, Attn: Publications Division, University of Texas, P.O. Box 7998, Austin, TX 78713-7998.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.