By Alan Booth, Paul R. Amato, David R. Johnson, Stacy J. Rogers
so much observers agree that marriage in the United States 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 pleasant and solid relationships. Others think that adjustments, equivalent to expanding gender equality, have made marriage a greater association for males in addition to ladies.
in keeping with reports of marital caliber in the US two decades aside, this booklet takes a center view, displaying that whereas the divorce fee has leveled off, spouses are spending much less time together—people can 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 final erosion of neighborhood ties in American society has had pervasive, unwanted effects on marital caliber.
even as, relations source of revenue has elevated, decision-making equality among husbands and better halves is larger, marital clash and violence have declined, and the norm of lifelong marriage enjoys larger aid than ever.
The authors finish that marriage is an adaptable establishment, and in accommodating the monstrous alterations that experience happened in society over the hot prior, it has turn into a much less cohesive, but much less confining association.
Alone jointly is an immensely precious publication. It bargains with a tremendous subject by means of drawing on a special facts set, studying and reading the information in a really refined model and proposing the consequences in transparent, easy prose. The publication is dense with invaluable and engaging 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 United States has replaced during the last few decades.
--David Popenoe (International magazine of Sociology of the family members 20080901)
One of the main complete reviews of marriage.
--Sue Shellenbarger (Wall highway magazine )
The authors locate expanding separateness in elements of marital existence, besides maintained or perhaps elevated balance and dedication to the connection. the main points carry as a lot curiosity because the colossal picture...[A] landmark, authoritative, advanced yet readable study...This publication bargains a wealth of beneficial details to expert helpers, clergy, judges, coverage makers, and normal readers. A cornucopia of information and ideas, it's a boon to every body who desires to comprehend what's going at domestic in America.
--E. James Lieberman (PsycCritiques )
[Alone jointly] makes an incredible and well timed contribution to the present debate in regards to the which means of marriage in American society...For academics and researchers in marriage and kinfolk reports, this booklet is an exceptionally necessary resource.
--Susan D. Stewart (American magazine of Sociology )
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People who are low in religiosity and who hold attitudes favorable to divorce, in turn, are more likely to see their marriages end in dissolution. Moreover, people probably spend less time deliberating over the decision to cohabit than the decision to marry. 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.
Between 1987 and 1992 the percentage of couples who cohabited before marriage increased from 43% to 50% for African Americans, from 30% to 47% for whites, and from 30% to 38% for Mexican Americans. Currently, more than 40% of women between 15 and 44 have cohabited, and about half of all ﬁrst marriages are preceded by cohabitation between partners (Casper and Bianchi, 2002). The increasing popularity of cohabitation may have beneﬁted or undermined the aggregate level of marital quality in the population.
S. Census Bureau, 2003, Table 66). Studies typically show that couples with children report more disenchantment with their marriages, spend less time in positive interaction with each other, and have sex less often than do couples without children (Cowan and Cowan, 1992; Glenn and McLanahan, 1982). Observers disagree, however, about whether this association exists because having children lowers marital quality (Cowan and Cowan, 1992) or because having children reduces the likelihood that unhappily married couples divorce (White, Booth, and Edwards, 1986).