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From looking back on the last 50 years of Can This Marriage Be Saved? columns, it's clear that while the specifics of the story change from month to month, the underlying issues that can shake the foundation of a marriage -- be it in 1953 or 2003 -- remain fundamentally the same. Still, the temper of the times has affected the way marriage has evolved over the last five decades. Here's a quick look back:The '50s
Back in the love-honor-and-obey 50s, spouses largely shared the same view of marriage. Most wives stayed at home; their husbands were the undisputed breadwinners -- and the fact that they controlled the purse-strings meant that they wielded most of the decision-making power in the family, too.
As unprecedented numbers of women moved into the work force, men and women struggled to comprehend the social upheavals set in motion by the women's movement.The '70s
In the 70s, traditional wedding ceremonies gave way to barefoot brides on windswept beaches, and the emergence of the sexual revolution proclaimed a different cultural mantra. So-called "open marriage" with its myriad sexual partners was in, staying in a relationship that needed work was decidedly not.
Through these two decades, the column continued to deal with issues long in the shadows -- alcoholism and physical and sexual abuse -- as well as those increasingly in the headlines -- the growing use of psychotropic medications and new forms of counseling, such as group and solution-oriented, brief therapy.
From the new book Seven Secrets of a Happy Marriage by Margery D. Rosen and the Editors of Ladies' Home Journal. Published by Workman Publishing Co.
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