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Introduction : The Big Picture

Page ix: Barely one in three American women held a paying job in 1950; almost three quarters do now: Bureau of Labor Statistics,

ix: two-thirds of women with children under six hold down a job compared to less than 20% half a century ago: U.S. Census Bureau, Labor Force, Employment and Earnings,

x: young adults of both sexes now experience unprecedented confusion around gender roles and mating behavior: The State of Our Unions, National Marriage Project, Rutgers University, 2000.

x: A substantial majority of Americans believe the family is in decline: The Decline of Families Tops List of Voter Worries, by Matt Daniels, Insight on the News, Sept 25, 2000.

x: polls regularly support the notion that American society is abrasive and selfish: Aggravating Circumstances, Public Agenda, January 2002:

x: Reports of anxiousness and depression in the general population reached epidemic levels even before 9/11: Mark Olfson et. al. (2000). Prevalence of Anxiety, Depression, and Substance Use Disorders in an Urban General Medicine Practice. Archives of Family Medicine. Vol. 9: 876-883.

x: the ordinary citizen earns nearly three times the income of his or her counterpart at the end of WWII . . . lives in more than twice the household space . . . levels of clinical depression are . . . three to ten times greater in just two generations: The Real Truth About Money, by Gregg Easterbrook, Time, 01/07/05.

xi: everyday levels of anxiety among children aged nine to seventeen as exceeding the scores of psychiatric patients: Twenge, J. M. (2000) The age of anxiety? The birth cohort change in anxiety and neuroticism, 1952-1993. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Vol. 79(6): 1007-1021.

xvi: more than half of all Americans and three quarter Western Europeans accept the general idea that humans have evolved: National Science Foundation, Division of Science Resources Statistics, Survey of Public Attitudes Toward and Understanding of Science and Technology (2001).