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By Alan Booth, Paul R. Amato, David R. Johnson, Stacy J. Rogers

such a lot observers agree that marriage in the USA has been altering. a few imagine it really is in decline, that the expansion of individualism has made it more and more tricky to accomplish enjoyable and sturdy relationships. Others think that alterations, similar to expanding gender equality, have made marriage a greater association for males in addition to ladies.

in line with experiences of marital caliber in the US 20 years aside, this ebook takes a center view, displaying that whereas the divorce cost has leveled off, spouses are spending much less time together—people could be “bowling alone” nowadays, yet married also are consuming on my own. certainly, the declining social capital of married couples—including the truth that have fewer shared friends—combined with the overall erosion of neighborhood ties in American society has had pervasive, unwanted effects on marital caliber.

while, relations source of revenue has elevated, decision-making equality among husbands and other halves is bigger, marital clash and violence have declined, and the norm of lifelong marriage enjoys larger help than ever.

The authors finish that marriage is an adaptable establishment, and in accommodating the enormous adjustments that experience happened in society over the hot previous, it has turn into a much less cohesive, but much less confining association.


Alone jointly is an immensely helpful publication. It offers with a massive subject by way of drawing on a distinct information set, interpreting and examining the information in a really subtle model and offering the consequences in transparent, common prose. The ebook is dense with helpful and fascinating info, and the authors have made an important contribution. they're masters at what they do.
--Norval Glenn, The college of Texas at Austin (20080901)

This is the simplest and such a lot entire exam to be had of ways the establishment of marriage in the US has replaced over the last few decades.
--David Popenoe (International magazine of Sociology of the relatives 20080901)

One of the main accomplished experiences of marriage.
--Sue Shellenbarger (Wall road magazine )

The authors locate expanding separateness in facets of marital lifestyles, besides maintained or maybe elevated balance and dedication to the connection. the main points carry as a lot curiosity because the significant picture...[A] landmark, authoritative, advanced yet readable study...This publication deals a wealth of worthwhile details to specialist helpers, clergy, judges, coverage makers, and basic readers. A cornucopia of information and concepts, it's a boon to every person who desires to recognize what's going at domestic in America.
--E. James Lieberman (PsycCritiques )

[Alone jointly] makes an enormous and well timed contribution to the present debate in regards to the that means of marriage in American society...For lecturers and researchers in marriage and kin reports, this publication is an exceptionally invaluable resource.
--Susan D. Stewart (American magazine of Sociology )

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Indeed, research suggests that cohabiting individuals are less concerned 22 The Continuing Transformation of Marriage in America about the characteristics of their partners than are married individuals (Casper and Bianchi, 2002). Once couples begin living together, however, their chances of marrying increase. Some cohabiting couples may decide to marry because of pressure from parents, an unintended pregnancy, or the gradual buildup of investments in the relationship (such as jointly owned furniture, shared memories, children, and common friends)—despite the fact that they are not well suited for a long-term relationship.

History. The rise in educational attainment may have strengthened people’s marriages. Well-educated individuals, compared with poorly educated ones, possess more effective communication and problem-solving skills, are happier with their lives, and have better mental and physical health (Amato and Booth, 1997; Kessler, 1982; Ross and Wu, 1995). Education also is positively associated with earnings and occupational status (Farley, 1996; White and Rogers, 2000). By lowering the risk of economic distress, education promotes positive interaction between spouses (Conger and Elder, 1994; Fox and Chancey, 1998).

Other changes, such as the increase in immigration from Latino cultures, reflected unique historical trends. Although the 20-year period between 1980 and 2000 may not seem like a long time, the social and economic contexts of marriage and family life shifted in fundamental ways during these years. In the following section we review changes in the married population that are likely to have had implications for mean levels of marital quality and stability. Demographic Trends Race and ethnicity. Compared with whites, African Americans tend to be less satisfied with their marriages (Broman, 1993) and are more likely to divorce (Bramlett and Mosher, 2002; Heaton, 2002).

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