Did families work better in the 1950's than they do in the 2010's?
Not at all. The fifties weren't some prolonged episode of Leave It To Beaver. The big difference is that back then, you could keep your skeletons in your closet. We're a much more open society now.
Some work well now, but overall I believe it was better for almost everyone in the 50's.
Family values and family ties were much stronger in the 50's, no question.
Not necessarily. More families stayed together, but were they in abusive relationships?