Leadership in 1955–56

Judson Landis

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Judson T. Landis was President in 1956. He was a professor of family sociology and a member of the Institute of Human Development at the University of California, Berkeley. He and his wife Mary wrote a well-used book, Building a Successful Marriage, which sold over 800,000 copies worldwide. He authored numerous books and articles.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The following is an excerpt from Judson T. Landis‘s Presidential Address:

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 In the nuclear family, the socialization of the child is dependent too much on the central figure of the home, the mother. If she is too young, too soon shifts to the role of worker and fails to provide an adequate caretaker, is too neurotic or frustrated by her confinement to the home, is cruel or demanding, irrational or cold, there is no other person to turn to as in joint family systems . . .  another possible solution which may in time come to be [is that] an inventory of the child’s developmental needs would be taken early in life and social support would be given to the mother if she fell short of meeting those needs.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 David Treat was President-Elect that year and served a second stint as annual program chair. Landis had a busy year getting a new executive director hired, overseeing the move to Minnesota of the national offices, attending a special research conference in Chicago, and serving as a delegate to the International Family Conference at the Hague, sponsored by the International Union of Family Organizations. He also delivered a paper entitled: “Some Aspects of Family Instability in the U.S.” at the Third World Congress of Sociology in Amsterdam.


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