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

ISBN-10: 0674032179

ISBN-13: 9780674032170

such a lot observers agree that marriage in the US has been altering. a few imagine it's in decline, that the expansion of individualism has made it more and more tough to accomplish pleasant and solid relationships. Others think that alterations, corresponding to expanding gender equality, have made marriage a greater association for males in addition to girls.

in accordance with experiences of marital caliber in the US 20 years aside, this e-book takes a center view, displaying that whereas the divorce cost has leveled off, spouses are spending much less time together—people will 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 group ties in American society has had pervasive, unwanted effects on marital caliber.

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

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


Alone jointly is an immensely precious ebook. It bargains with an immense subject by way of drawing on a special info set, examining and analyzing the knowledge in a really refined type and offering the implications in transparent, trouble-free prose. The publication is dense with priceless and fascinating details, and the authors have made a vital contribution. they're masters at what they do.
--Norval Glenn, The college of Texas at Austin (20080901)

This is the easiest and so much complete exam to be had of ways the establishment of marriage in the US has replaced during the last few decades.
--David Popenoe (International magazine of Sociology of the kin 20080901)

One of the main entire reviews of marriage.
--Sue Shellenbarger (Wall highway magazine )

The authors locate expanding separateness in elements 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 mammoth picture...[A] landmark, authoritative, advanced yet readable study...This e-book bargains a wealth of helpful info to expert helpers, clergy, judges, coverage makers, and basic readers. A cornucopia of information and concepts, 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 major and well timed contribution to the present debate in regards to the which means of marriage in American society...For academics and researchers in marriage and relations reports, this ebook is a very priceless resource.
--Susan D. Stewart (American magazine of Sociology )

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First, the proportion of young married adults who spent part of their childhoods in single-parent families was higher at the end of the twentieth century than in 1980 (the year in which the divorce rate reached its peak). 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).

Correspondingly, the percentage of premaritally pregnant women who marry before the child’s birth declined between 1980 and the mid-1990s (Bachu, 1999). Nevertheless, many unwed mothers eventually get married—either to the fathers of their children or to new partners. Entering marriage with a premarital birth, however, is associated with greater marital discord and instability The Continuing Transformation of Marriage in America 23 (Amato and Booth, 2001; Bramlett and Mosher, 2002). The increase in the proportion of children born outside wedlock, therefore, appears to be a destabilizing element in contemporary marriages.

Marital happiness is one of the most frequently studied dimensions of marital quality. Most investigators view marital happiness as an individual property reflecting positive feelings about the marriage. Typical measures have included global assessments of the marriage as well as assessments of specific aspects of the relationship. To develop our measure of happiness, we began with 15 interview items. We eliminated five items after conducting a reliability analysis, which resulted in a ten-item scale.

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