Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Social and Cultural Sciences

First Advisor

Marguerite Reuss

Second Advisor

Paul J. Mundie


The purpose of this thesis is to show the influence of external factors upon the functions of the family since 1929. The writer will consider the affectional, religious, economic, protective, recreational and educational functions, and will endeavor to determine the extent to which external factors have affected the functions of the family and the family itself.

Studies on the social aspects of the depression, published by the Social Science Research Council, have been particularly helpful in the preparation of this thesis. The writer refers especially to the Research Memorandum on the Family in the Depression, Research Memorandum on Religion in the Depression, Research Memorandum on Social Aspects of Consumption in the Depression, Research Memorandum on Recreation in the Depression, and the Research .Memorandum on Education in the Depression.

All tables referred to in the chapters of this thesis are in the appendix.


A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the College of Liberal Arts of Marquette University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Philosophy