Is the decline in marriage bottoming out?

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 12:20 p.m. MDT


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Don’t let the media fool you; marriage is still alive and kicking, according to W. Bradford Wilcox at the Institute for Family Studies.

“(O)utside of the media glare, there are a number of signs — demographic and cultural — that marriage is not dead yet, and that the nation’s retreat from marriage may have bottomed out,” Wilcox says, pointing to a collection of data that shows amongst other things that, “Since 2009, the marriage rate looks to have stabilized.”

And, even if the atual rate of marriage remains lower than it was pre-1970’s, marriage appears to still have plenty of allure to young people. “For the vast majority of Americans, marriage remains an integral part of the American Dream. A recent National Marriage Project study found that about 80 percent of young adults consider marriage an “important” part of their life plans. The enduring appeal of marriage may translate into a floor for the marriage rate, insofar as a substantial share of Americans remain committed to tying the knot, and a ceiling for the nonmarital childbearing rate, insofar as a substantial share of Americans remain committed to having their children in wedlock.”

Read more at the blog for the Institute for Family Studies

Freeman Stevenson is a Snow College grad and a writer for the Deseretnews.com Opinion section. Email Freeman at fstevenson@deseretdigital.com

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