Narrator: This is Science Today. In today's
society, more and more young parents are living hundreds
- sometimes thousands, of miles away from the families
they grew up with. Phillip Cowan, a psychology professor
at the University of California, Berkeley, says this
lack of familial support can be trying on young couples
who are trying to juggle raising a family while pursuing
Cowan: This is happening in times that are
really changing. They're isolated often in homes and
away from the communities and friends. Work circumstances
have changed so that men and women are both working
in many, if not almost all families today.
Narrator: This is unlike the past, when it
was presumed men would work and women would stay home
to raise the family.
Cowan: And it worked to women's disadvantage
in some ways as the whole feminist revolution talked
about. But it did work because at least people thought
that's what we're going to do and they did it. Now
we don't know what to do. We call these couple's 'new
pioneers' because they really are charting new territory
- and they're not finding it easy.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.