Monday, December 14, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of December 6, 2015

1. The Link Between A College Education And A Lasting Marriage, Pew Research
College-educated women have an almost eight-in-ten chance of still being married after two decades.

2. Mobility And Money In U.S. States: The Marriage Effect, The Brookings Institute
As Sara McLanahan and Isabel Sawhill note in the most recent issue of Princeton and Brookings’ Future of Children, “most scholars now agree that children raised by two biological parents in a stable marriage do better than children in other family forms across a wide range of outcomes.”

3. How To Save Your Marriage During An Argument, Deseret News National 
"Evidence [...] suggests that feeling understood during conflict may buffer against reduced relationship satisfaction, in part because it strengthens the relationship and signals one's partner is invested. . ."

4. 2 Maps Show How Marriage Has Changed In America During The Last 35 Years, Business Insider
First, the rates were much higher 35 years ago than they are today for every single state. In fact, the differences were so stark that we had to use two different color scales for the maps — otherwise the 1980 map would be completely dark or the 2015 would be completely light.

5. How Many Married People Have Thought About Divorce?, Family Studies
Many respondents had thought about divorce in the past but decided to stay married, and almost all of them are glad they did. . . So thinking about divorce isn’t always a sign of imminent separation. 

6. Sticks And Stones: Words Can Deceive — Tone Of Voice Cannot, USC News
A new computer algorithm can predict whether you and your spouse will have a stronger or weaker relationship based on the tone of voice used when speaking to each other.

7. Strengthening The Three Pillars Of The American Dream: Education, Work, and Marriage, Family Studies
Promote. . . a public information campaign highlighting the benefits of becoming a parent only within the context of a committed relationship (which, for most, means marriage).

For more, see here.  

Monday, November 30, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of November 22, 2015

1. In The Paid Family Leave Debate, Pro-life, Pro-family Groups’ Own Policies Are All Over The MapWashington Post
In response to the question “Do you strongly favor, favor, oppose or strongly oppose requiring companies to provide all full-time employees with paid leave for the birth or adoption of a child?” 82 percent of respondents overall strongly favor or favor the idea.

2. Divorce Rate At Lowest Level In 40 Years After Cohabitation Revolution, The Telegraph 
Jo Edwards, chair of the family law organisation Resolution, added: “The rise in cohabiting couples, the fastest growing type of household in Britain, may also play a role [in the changing divorce rates] - cohabitation separation is not included in these statistics."

3. Most Americans Think Their Own Marriage Is Better Than Others, Deseret News-BYU Survey Finds, The Deseret News National
"I think it suggests that marriage is still highly valued by Americans," said Andrew Cherlin, professor of sociology and public policy and director of the Hopkins Population Center at Johns Hopkins University. "A few decades ago, I was not sure marriage was going to remain important, but it has in a way that's somewhat surprising to the doomsayers among us."

4. Asia Struggles For A Solution To Its ‘Missing Women’ Problem, Wall Street Journal
If the masculine sex ratios remain as high, in China, there would be as many as 186 single men for every 100 single women hoping to marry by midcentury, according to Dr. Guilmoto, since unmarried men from one year join the next year’s group seeking wives.

5. Millennials Delay Marriage In Order To Form A More Perfect Union, Poll Suggest, The Guardian 
“Marriage is almost like the last thing you do. It’s the last box you tick, rather than a way of getting to some of the other boxes,” Reeves said.

6.  A Pro-Family Child Tax Credit for the U.S., Family Studies
First, a reformed child tax credit (CTC) should be pro-marriage. . .Second, the reform should be pro-work. . . Lastly, CTC reform should contribute to family stability by consolidating the current array of benefits.

7. Teens’ Attitudes Toward Marriage Vary Widely Across Oklahoma, Family Studies
Overall, each group seemed to take the notion of marriage seriously, and they had by and large given the topic a great deal of thought.

For more, see here

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of October 25, 2015

1. Why Men Should Also Worry About Waiting Too Long To Have Kids, Washington Post
[N]ew research suggests that many problematic genetic conditions may be more closely linked to the age of the father than the mother.

2. For Richer, Not Poorer: Marriage And The Growing Class Divide, US News and World Report
Researchers estimate that between one-fifth and two-fifths of the growth in family income inequality is due to a difference in marriage patterns between Americans of higher and lower socioeconomic status.
3. Divorce Rate In The U.S.: Geographic Variation, 2014, BGSU National Center for Marriage and Family Research
The divorce rate has dropped by almost a quarter (23%) in the past 35 years--the lowest it has been since 1970.

4. Are Parents Less Happy? Are Couples With Children Less Happy?, Sliding vs. Deciding Blog
Rather, we have pretty thin measures of personal and couple-level happiness that likely don't capture something many people experience when it comes to fulfillment and meaning in life that I'd call happiness as a family.

5. Can Marriage Heal a Broken Heart? Researchers Find Married Patients Fare Better After Heart Surgery, ABC News
According to the study, those who were unmarried had a 40 percent greater chance of dying or developing a new disability two years after their surgery. 

6. Family Structure Matters — Science Proves It, National Review
[S]tates with higher levels of married parenthood enjoy higher levels of growth, economic mobility for children growing up poor, and median family income, along with markedly lower levels of child poverty.

7. A Disadvantaged Start Hurts Boys More Than Girls, New York Times
Boys are more sensitive than girls to disadvantage. Any disadvantage, like growing up in poverty, in a bad neighborhood or without a father, takes more of a toll on boys than on their sisters. 

For more, see here

Monday, October 19, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of October 11, 2015

1. A Performance Review May Be Good for Your Marriage, The Wall Street Journal
By taking time to regularly evaluate and review their relationship together, partners can recognize what is and isn’t working—and identify goals for improvement—long before problems become entrenched and irresolvable.

2. Performance Reviews For Marriages: Corporate, Desperate And Depressing, The Globe and Mail
“No one should feel like they’re under evaluation like they might with a boss. This is a very collaborative, equal back and forth,” Toronto psychologist Sara Dimerman said in an interview.

3. 40% Of Couples Spend $10,000 Or Less On Their Weddings, USA Today
How to throw a wedding on a small budget: Slash the guest list. . . Skip the wedding planner. . .  Rethink timing. . . Only serve beer and wine. . . Buy wholesale.

4. Help! My Parents Are Millennials, TIME
It surveyed 2,700 U.S. mothers ages 18 to 44 and found that nearly 80% of millennial moms said it’s important to be “the perfect mom,” compared with about 70% of moms in Generation X. . .

5. David Ribar on Marriage and Child Wellbeing, Institute for Family Studies
We know that the average well-being outcomes for children raised by both of their biological parents are better than the average outcomes for children raised in other arrangements. However, we don’t know exactly why this is.

6. Social Inequality Matters As Much As — Or More Than — Economic Inequality, National Review
Children born into the lowest income quintile have almost exactly equal chances of arriving in any of the five income quintiles as adults. There is only one catch: Their parents must be and stay married.

7. Strong Families, Prosperous States: Do Healthy Families Affect The Wealth Of States?, American Enterprise Institute
Join AEI for the release of “Strong Families, Prosperous States,” a new report that addresses this gap by documenting the links between families and the economic welfare of states from across the country.

For more, see here

Monday, October 5, 2015

The M.Guy Tweet, Week of September 27, 2015

1. Digital Romance: The Teens Get It, The Atlantic
Social media, in particular, is extra helpful for boys. While 59 percent of teens overall felt that social media helped them connect to their boyfriends and girlfriends, 65 percent of boys felt this way.

2. These Women Can't Find Enough Marriageable Men, CBS
Given the shortage of college-educated men, highly educated women are likely to either look for men who have fewer qualifications (and likely earn less) than them, or else skip marriage entirely, the researchers said.

3. Is There A Shortage Of Marriageable Men?, Newsweek
We also found that concerns about a shortage of marriageable men among black Americans are likely due to high rates of incarceration and early death among black men.

4. Relationship Breakdown: Family Stability Is Vital For A Thriving Society, The Telegraph
Relationship breakdown currently costs Britain an estimated £47 billion a year, but just £7.5 million of government funding is made available for prevention.

5. Around The Globe, Less Marriage = More Single Parents, Family Studies
Notably, the percentage of adults married in the United States fell from 52 percent in 2005 to 45 percent in 2010.

6. When It Comes To Family Structure, The U.S. Is A Laggard, Family Studies
In these regions, the United States (27 percent), the United Kingdom (24 percent), and New Zealand (24 percent) exhibit particularly high levels of single parenthood.

7. 10 Heroic Things You Can Do To Save Your Marriage, Deseret News National
“The third big takeaway from their research was that those who considered their spouse a ‘best friend’ boasted the highest levels of happiness — in fact, the well-being benefits were twice as large for those couples. . ."

For more, see here.