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THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 1951 BLYTHEVTLLE, (ARK.) COURIER NEWS PAGE OTN1 Broken Homes Are National Disaster for Young People HAL It's Largest Single Factor * In Background of Crime By HELJIAN MORIN NEW YOHK, Aug. 23. (AP)— The broken "home, where it involves children or young adults, (jas become a national,disaster. • It Is tile largest single factor today in the background of youthful crime, dope addiction, .sex aberrations and all ,the thousahd-and-one different instances of exotic behavior by young people that crowd police files. Twenty or 25 years ago crlmln- ologists and juvenile court officers listed "bad companions" and the major cause In cases of youthful crime or delinquency. It Is still one of the leading factors. But today, the notation "broken home" has far surpassed all'other elements. It appears over and over again opposite the names of young offenders. In the flew York area In 1949, for example, 58.6 per cent of these offenders came from homes split by divorce or the death of a parent, he figure was 53.8 for the previous year. Israel Gerver, statistician and professor of criminology at Brooklyn College said It has risen about 10 per cent since 1933. Accuracy Unavailable No accurate estimate of the cost to the nation in health and .prop- ^yty loss, or for the maintenance of Jlkiw enforcement officers to cope 'with the problem, was available. However, these facts may give Bome approximation: JVBI. statistics show that, on a national scale, 21 It the dangerous ige. The five largest categories of persons arrested for felonies • re 20 to 24. The figures have remained static over a long- period In ttie New York area, the 17- year-old leads the list. The five largest age-brackets are from 16 to II. Persona under 25 constitute more than half of the total arrested in New York City and Its environs Elsewhere IB the nation the figure ranges from Sg to « per cent fo: the MB» group. Apart from statistics on crime, It ppears also to be a fact that young dults compose the largest single ;roup of people receiving mental nd ps5'chiatric assistance In Amrica today. Most Are In TwentlM At the Austin Kiggs Foundation n Massachusetts, a private institu- ion. an official said "the majority" liere are between 20 and 39 of age. In New York's Morisania Hos- iltal, the same 20-to-29 bracket is he biggest today and has been 'or several years. A fairly high percentage of teenagers' are In the hands of psychiatrists In both Institutions. What does it all mean? The probation officers of America'— who perform a trenmendously valuable service—are among the most acute and best-informed observers. When a youngster breaks the law they put a microscope on his past life. They search out every detail, examining, his parents, his home life, companions and an enormous number of minute but Important facts. They try to answer the eternal "why" of a crime. Broken Home a Tragedy They call the broken home a tragedy, and find It the chief element in the background of youthful law-breaking. . Parents themselves frequently bring their children to the probation officer because they "can't handle them." Frequently, the officers say, they discover the base of th« trouble in the parent*. Irving W. Halpem, a New York officer, listed a series of causw for the troubles of young people, among them bad housing, lurid news reporting, lurid movies, comic books, etc. He also made this point: "The neighbors can be an important deterrent to crime. If a youngster cares what his neighbors think he is less likely to get into trouble.{But a parent himself must first have the respect of the people who know him and live near him." In Lancaster County, Pa., Edgar R. Barnes, a veteran of 21 years in probation work, said: "Most ot tne.se youngsters are basically all right. They will take discipline if they get it. "There is still an awful lot ol child psychology In the end\of a razor strap held by a strong father or mother." COLUMN Mama Again Dons Her Overalls for Defense Work NEW YORK (&— Rosle the riveter today is mcje likely to be a Mrs. than a Miss Why are American mothers swarming back J: tories again in i cent of second W' In the last war It was a patriot! work In defense many feel that 7, want to earn mo luxuries Tor Ihem deal out of life f "I guc&s with ti mixture of patrli sire to help out c Mrs. Margaret L Mis- P?elect, hazel-eyed wo children. She? loo any average ,RAIN. RAIN, STAY AWAY—A number of commuters on «i« Chl- 'cago arid North Western Railway are in Jor an unscheduled btth IU they don't claim their umbrellas from the railway's lost »nd found department before the next rain-fall. Custodian W. ^O. Schoenberger display some ol the unclaimed umbrellas left 'on Strain* by absent-minded commuters during this year'* raw? tcaton. SJ 88 $009 $1 57 I 1 FIFTH |J riNI I »PT. o defense lac- inbers remlnls- Id War days? any women felt duty to go to industries. Now y again. Other* ey lo get more Ivcs or a bellcr r their children, st of us It Is Ism and a der families." said Packer. icasant-fcalured of 42. has five s and lalks like tl of millions of mothers wtio now ire working again in Amerl ca's expanding defense plants. "Tvo thirds of Ihe women in the pant I work In are married.' she sild. "and of those, two-thirds have :hildren under H." Two Married Daughters She has two married daughters and i-son, Donald, who Is In the Navy, still at home with her are iwo yiunger daughters, Verna, 14. and Conna, 4. Mrs. Packer is employed by Pratt and Whitney Aircraft Plan at Hartford. Conn. She worked then from 1942 to 1945 as a lathe opera lor. She was pleasantly surprised when they called her last May, U find they wanted her for H be post Women are bcinsr lilrrr] on rx ame rat* of pay. as men. She was Immediately made one at five women Instructors who train mixed daises of new men and women employes how to operate the machines that stamp out airplane >arts. It IB exacting work. At first .here was some grumbling among the men at being taught by a woman No More Objection* After I talked with them, and showed them how I could operate the machines." Mrs. Packer said shyly, "there weren't any more ob- jetcions. "I've found the men very nice to wife, and she is 1 actly the same basis, and at th work with, They are more nervous nt the start and make more nils- takes than women. But they are easier lo train and learn faster." She earns up to |350 » week. Including overtime, and works from 3:30 p.m.. until midnight, Her husband, Chauncey, a skilled craftsman, is employed by the same firm from 7:30 n.m., until 3:30 p.m. "Sunday Is about the only rejl j s back In time we get to see each other, ex-1 duration cept coming or going-," said Mrs. Pricker, smiling. But she says that working outside do their share. Verna Helpi at Home "Verna—she's in high school now —is • great help to me." she said. "She get* most of the meals and helps take care of her sister. We divide the houswork. And my husband takes c«re of the lawn and the garden." Mrs. Packer feels that only In such a way can the problems of the outside-working wife be solved. "There has to be a lot of cooperation in the family," she said firmly. "Each must help the other But If they do, everything Is all right, and it is worthwhile "I've had no difficulty, and we've been able to do more things for the children. It Is that way with most of the women I've talked to. So long as there IB unity in the home, there is no trouble." In the pl«nt that employs her one out of every three machine op craters U a woman, the same ratio that existed in the last war. Mama overalls again—,for th (iwonion* Art Shown Social Security "Film A film "Your Social Be«urrty" was shown memberi of th» Klvin- s Club at the veekly meeting ot he club in Hotel Noble yeatereUy noon. The film was shown by Lowell H. Sowle. of Jonesboro, field representative of the Social Security Administration. The film explained the new Security Law and IU benefit*. Guests at yesterday's s meeting were IV. R. Jackson and H. L. Htl- sell, Jr. the home hasn't disrupted tier household, because nil pitch In and In some sections of the Ha •allan Islands, wild raspberries Wife 'Hooks' Her Hubby CRAB ORCHARD LAKE. HI., In —Loroy walker of Murphysboro, 111., taught his wife casting »nd »h» made a 160 pound catch. Twa* I^eroy. Twice In her llrsl six east* Mrt. Walker took her husband's cap off. 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