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Resources: 2011 State of Our Unions

When Baby Makes Three: How Parenthood Makes Life Meaningful and How Marriage Makes Parenthood Bearable by Brad Wilcox & Elizabeth Marquardt

When Baby Makes Three: How Parenthood Makes Life Meaningful and How Marriage Makes Parenthood Bearable, the 2011 State of Our UnionsĀ report from the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, relies on data from three nationally representative surveys–including the new Survey of Marital Generosity–to answer four important questions about contemporary family life:

  1. Is it emotionally easier to parent alone in a world in which a good marriage seems increasingly out of reach?
  2. Do married parents report more meaningful lives than their childless peers?
  3. Is parenthood itself an obstacle to a good marriage?
  4. What are the social, cultural, and relational sources of marital success among today’s parents?

For answers to these questions, see the full report.

2011 State of Unions