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

so much observers agree that marriage in the US has been altering. a few imagine it really is in decline, that the expansion of individualism has made it more and more tough to accomplish enjoyable and solid relationships. Others think that alterations, akin to expanding gender equality, have made marriage a greater association for males in addition to girls.

in line with stories of marital caliber in the United States two decades aside, this publication takes a center view, displaying that whereas the divorce price has leveled off, spouses are spending much less time together—people might 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.

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

The authors finish that marriage is an adaptable establishment, and in accommodating the huge alterations that experience happened in society over the new previous, it has develop into a much less cohesive, but much less confining association.


Alone jointly is an immensely necessary booklet. It bargains with a big subject by means of drawing on a different info set, reading and studying the knowledge in a truly subtle type and featuring the consequences in transparent, trouble-free prose. The booklet is dense with precious and fascinating details, and the authors have made a vital contribution. they're masters at what they do.
--Norval Glenn, The collage of Texas at Austin (20080901)

This is the easiest and such a lot accomplished exam to be had of the way the establishment of marriage in the United States has replaced during the last few decades.
--David Popenoe (International magazine of Sociology of the relatives 20080901)

One of the main finished reports of marriage.
--Sue Shellenbarger (Wall road magazine )

The authors locate expanding separateness in facets of marital existence, in addition to maintained or maybe elevated balance and dedication to the connection. the main points carry as a lot curiosity because the huge picture...[A] landmark, authoritative, complicated yet readable study...This publication bargains a wealth of beneficial info to specialist helpers, clergy, judges, coverage makers, and normal readers. A cornucopia of knowledge and ideas, it's a boon to everybody who desires to be aware of what's going at domestic in America.
--E. James Lieberman (PsycCritiques )

[Alone jointly] makes a massive and well timed contribution to the present debate concerning the which means of marriage in American society...For lecturers and researchers in marriage and kin reviews, this publication is an incredibly beneficial resource.
--Susan D. Stewart (American magazine of Sociology )

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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.

Studies consistently show that individuals with divorced parents are more likely than individuals with continuously married parents to see their own marriages end in divorce (Amato, 1996; Bumpass, Martin, and Sweet, 1991; Feng, Giarrusso, Bengtson, and Frye, 1999; Glenn and Kramer, 1987; Wolfinger, 1999). Similarly, studies show that individuals with divorced parents report less marital happiness, more marital problems, and greater marital conflict (Glenn and Kramer, 1987; McLeod, 1991; Tallman, Gray, Kullberg, and Henderson, 1999).

Presumably for these reasons people who marry early report an elevated number of marital problems (Amato and Rogers, 1997; Booth and Edwards, 1985) and are more likely to see their marriages end in divorce (Bramlett and Mosher, 2002; Bumpass, Martin, and Sweet, 1991; Heaton, 2002). The trend for young adults to postpone marriage, therefore, may have improved the aggregate level of marital quality in the population. We cannot be certain of this conclusion, however, because many young adults who postpone marriage choose to cohabit instead, and cohabitation may have negative consequences for the quality of subsequent marriages.

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