Does it parallel the rise of dual-income families? The decline in family structure (more singles, less marriage...)? Does the disintegration of traditional family on all fronts parallel the economic decline?
I'm not an economist, so I have no jurisdiction here. But, if you have an opinion, I'd love to hear it :)
Some articles to peruse on the subject (I will be adding to it as time permits):
Increased Financial Risk in Family Development