We have two special debts of gratitude. The first is to the families who participated in the study starting in 1972. Their patience, interest, and candor are deeply appreciated. We hope we described their experiences with as much dignity and understanding as they lived them. The second is to the William T. Grant Foundation for providing us with the funds to conduct the study.
In addition, we acknowledge with appreciation and thanks the work of our field staff. Their commitment to the study and their tenacity in locating families and conducting interviews that sometimes lasted three or four hours went far beyond usual professional standards. Specifically, we want to thank our interviewers: Sharon Carter, William Fickling, Dottie Gilvin, Carol Hartman, Cheryl Johnson, Jackie Smith, Marcy Rasmussen, Brad Richardson, Yosikazu De Roos, Virginia Sykes, and Mauricia Treadwell. Professors Mildred Schwartz, Sarah Boggs, and Roberta Simmons helped us locate our field staff.
Finally, we want to express our thanks to Mike Schlesinger for her devotion, unending patience, and care in the typing of this manuscript, and to Gloria Danzinger for her help editing the final draft.
Rita J. Simon The American University
Howard Altstein University of Maryland