chapter  XII
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PERSONALITY AND MARITAL HAPPINESS

Marital happiness has recently become a problem. We do not know whether marriages on the average are more or less happy than a hundred years ago. The divorce rate is the only index of marital failure which permits comparison with the past. It is not an adequate measure of the extent of marital unhappiness but only of the disorganization of marriage; in fact only one Ion.i of disorganization. The rising divorce rate may indicate nothing more than a change in the cultural mode of adjustment to unhappiness. Couples who formerly would have remained legally together in unhappiness or in personal relationships of great aloofness, now meet the problem by a legal break.

That all was not en tire ly well in the past in Ameri ca is suggested by th e appearan ce of a book in 1891; entitled How To Be Hap/Jy Though M arried. >II<