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ANXIOUS PARENTS PETER N. STEARNS ANXIOUS PARENTS A History of Modern Childrearing in America a New York University Press • New York and London NEW YORK UNIVERSITY PRESS New York and London© 2003 by New York University All rights reserved Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Stearns, Peter N. Anxious parents : a history of modern childbearing in America / Peter N. Stearns p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-8147-9829-2 (cloth : alk. paper) 1. Child rearing—United States—History—20th century. 2. Parenting—United States—History—20th century. 3. Parent and child—United States—History—20th century. 4. Child development—United States—History—20th century. I. Title. HQ769 .S76 2002 649'.1'0973—dc21 2002152802 New York University Press books are printed on acid-free paper, and their binding materials are chosen for strength and durability. Manufactured in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 For my children and stepchildren. Are you o.k.? ...


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