Research and Analysis on the Health of Marriage and Family in America
The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in AmericaRead More
2012 State of Our Unions
The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty PercentRead More
The Date Night Opportunity
What Does Couple Time Tell Us About the Potential Value of Date Nights?Read More
When Baby Makes Three
How Parenthood Makes Life Meaningful and How Marriage Makes Parenthood BearableRead More
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The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage In America
What does the rising marriage age mean for twentysomething women, men, and families?
One of the most important social developments of our time is the recent rise in age at first marriage, which now stands at 27 for women and 29 for men–a historic high. Delayed marriage in America has helped to bring the divorce rate down since 1980 and increased the economic fortunes of college-educated women, according to Knot Yet: The Benefits and Costs of Delayed Marriage in America, a new report from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, and the RELATE Institute. But another important consequence of delayed marriage is that most Americans without college degrees now have their first child before they marry. By contrast, the vast majority of college-educated men and women still put childbearing after marriage. Knot Yet explores the causes and consequences of this revolution in family life, especially the ways that delayed marriage is connected to the welfare of twentysomethings, their children, and the nation as a whole.
2012 State of Our Unions:
The President's Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent
This new report from the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values outlines the present marriage and family crisis in the nation, and makes several policy suggestions for the President and Congress.
These policy suggestions include: ending the marriage penalty, increasing the child tax credit, helping young men become marriageable men, ending anonymous fatherhood, a “Second Chances Act,” requiring premarital education for men and women forming stepfamilies, engaging Hollywood and the mass media, and launching community-oriented campaigns about the benefits of marriage.
The report is coauthored by Elizabeth Marquardt, Brad Wilcox, David Blankenhorn, Robert I. Lerman and Linda Malone-Colon.
The Date Night Opportunity by Brad Wilcox and Jeff Dew:
What Does Couple Time Tell Us About the Potential Value of Date Nights?
The Date Night Opportunity, the report seeks to answer three important questions about the potential value of date nights for contemporary couples:
- How might date nights improve the quality of relationships for couples?
- Is one-on-one couple time associated with higher-quality relationships and lower divorce rates among couples?
- Is parenthood itself an obstacle to a good marriage?
- Are particular types of couples–e.g., couples with children, secular couples, less-committed couples–more likely to benefit from regular date nights?