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A. Are Today's Parents The New Pioneers?

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 careers.

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.