1. Single Motherhood in U.S. Increases Sharply, The Washington Post
More than six out of 10 women who give birth in their early 20s are unmarried, the Census Bureau said Wednesday in a report that shows sharp discrepancies in single mothers related to income, education and race.
2. Internet Strengthens Institution of Marriage, The Wall Street Journal
New research that says thanks to the Internet, marriage rates among
young people, which have been declining for years, are 15% to 30% higher
than they would be without the Web.
3. Is the Way We Divorce in America About to Change, The Huffington Post
[A]ll couples would take be required to complete courses
on improving their communication skills and conflict resolution. Those
with minor children would also be expected to take a four-hour class on the impact of divorce on children. . . Statutory protection for victims of domestic violence would remain untouched.
4. Young Adults in the Parental Home and the Great Recession, The National Center for Family and Marriage Research
Young adults living independently enjoyed lower unemployment rates
(pre- and post-recession) than their coresiding peers regardless of age
or sex. . . Young adults living independently had 91% higher median earnings in 2011 than their peers living in a parent's home ($24,000 vs. $9,000, not shown).
5. Married Couples Need the Right Tools to Stay Happily Married, The Standard Examiner
Marriage education is a class with
larger groups of participants, whereas marital therapy is typically done
with the couple and a therapist. Marriage and relationship education teaches skills like healthy communication, conflict resolution, understanding expectations/roles,
and strategies to maintain higher levels of commitment.
6. Why Unemployment Doesn't Stop People From Having Babies, The Atlantic
"We all want to leave behind a legacy - it's part of our duty as a
species. But in our post industrial society, we now have two choices for
that. Create progeny or create something (tangible or intangible) that
will last beyond one's lifetime - whether that's art, fiction, science,
engineering, technology, any form of manipulating land, etc. The
luckiest people find a way to do both." [From the "Comments" section].
7. Rising Trend of Births Outside Marriage, Population Reference Bureau
There are eight EU member countries where half or more of births are
nonmarital: Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Iceland, Slovenia,
Norway, and Sweden.
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