chapter  14
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Study of Home Relationships

Many writers on the broken home and delinquency have quoted opinions that serious quarrelling between the parents before the separation may have been the most destructive part. Of I 00 girls who were recorded as having undergone the strain of serious parental discord in early or later childhood, about eighty had already separated when the girl came to us. Doubtless this was an underestimate, for a further sixty girls who were recorded as suffering nagging, bickering, and a feeling of unwantedness may have been observers as well as recipients of aggression. But we can by no means say that all200 girls who lived with both parents had been enduring tension and underprivilege.