1. Shotgun Weddings Give Way to Cohabitation in Surprise Pregnancies, The Washington Post
The latest analyses by researchers from those federal agencies — not yet
published — suggest a drop to single digits as more couples opt to live
together rather than marry and don’t want a child to rush them into
2. Working-Class Fathers Shouldn’t Be So Easily Dismissed, The New York Times
More and more young women are already making the choice to raise children alone,
but while that choice may be rational, we as a society should hesitate
before embracing it as a way forward or even accepting it as a done
3. Fewer Marriages, More Divergence: Marriage Projections for Millennials to Age 40, The Urban Institute
We find that the percentage of millennials marrying by age 40 will fall
lower than for any previous generation of Americans, even in a scenario
where marriage rates recover considerably.
4. The Case for Divorce Reform, Family Studies
Polling consistently shows that more than half of Americans favor more
speed bumps on the road to divorce, especially for couples with
The Market Forces Behind the Marriage Gap, Family Studies
These changes fundamentally alter marriage markets—that is, the terms on
which men and women find it worthwhile to forge lasting
relationships—and they do so in ways that take the top and the bottom of
the socio-economic system in different directions.
6. New Study Says Divorce Can Be Contagious, CBSNews
The study [from Brown University] found that 75 percent of
participants were more likely to get divorced if a friend was divorced,
and 33 percent were more likely to end their marriage even if a friend
of a friend got divorced.
7. The Science of Happily Ever After: How Millennials Beat the Odds to Find Love, TIME
It’s what social psychologist Barry Schwartz calls
the “tyranny of freedom”: a feeling of being overwhelmed, uncertain and
anxious when we are given too many choices and no updated framework for
managing those choices.
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