Publication Citation

2 (2) IUSTITIA 90 (1974)


Ever since the William Loud family first exhibited their marital difficulties on the Public Broadcasting Service, there has been a new direction in the popular literature on American divorce. In the past, the study of marital breakdown relied heavily on a foundation of case studies and empirical data. As society became more complex and variable, permutations from the basic theories became inextricably confused. Often the validity of a research technique would become a greater point of controversy than the results achieved. The product was a contradictory and prematurely dated body of knowledge in which no conclusive evidence could be assembled for an attack on the inadequacies of divorce law or the causes of marital breakdown. This left social engineers, already struggling against the inertia of archaic precedents, in a position where neither the status quo nor their reforms could be justified.