Family life during the Great Depression was often in turmoil. Though upper class families were able to keep stable and make a solid living, the lower class families suffered a great deal.
Men and women experienced the Great Depression differently. Men, who prided themselves on being the 'breadwinners', the sole supporters of their families, found that when their wages were cut or they were fired they often became demoralised and shameful. Sometimes they even left their families in hopes of a richer future.
Women, on the other hand, experienced a greater status as they struggled to provide for their families.
However, as the years went on and wages were steadily decreasing, women and men alike had more and more trouble supporting themselves, not to mention their children, and it was a common occurrence for children to drop out of school in their teenage years.
This had an effect on birth rates and marriages as well, with less people willing to support others in a marriage and a reduction in families willing to house another child.