Views May 1999 Family Formation in America By Virginia Deane Abernethy Parents, some say, are people who use the rhythm method of family planning. One might better say that parents are optimists, people who think that the present is good and the future probably better. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. Virginia Deane Abernethy Virginia Deane Abernethy is the author of Population Politics (reprinted in 1999). Citations for the data from the 1970’s may be found in her book, Population Pressure and Cultural Adjustment (1979).