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More Young Adults Live At Home With Their Parents

According to new research, over one-third of young adults ages 18 to 31 were living in their parents’ homes in 2012. Even after the recession’s official end, this percentage is continuing to grow.


Are Online Dating Sites Coming of Age?

A new study concludes that “a surprising number of Americans now meet their spouse online,” and “meeting a spouse online is on average associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction and lower rates of marital breakup.” More than one-third of U.S. marriages between 2005 and 2012 began online.


Fathers and Children: Understanding the Misunderstandings

Is it a good idea for parents to request a little feedback from a child on how they are doing in their parenthood roles? The answer is yes, according to new research on parenting.


The Breadwinner Moms of Today’s America

New research confirms the trend that a growing number of wives out-earn their husbands. While most adults do not see this as problematic, a large majority thinks that the expanding presence of mothers in the workplace makes it harder to raise children.


How Parents Spend Their Time: A Dramatic Change

A new research report finds that the “way mothers and fathers spend their time has changed dramatically in the past half century.” Some of the findings may surprise you. Here are ten highlights.


Messages on Marriage Absorbed by Children at Home

Marriage preparation programs often highlight the need for couples to invest themselves in their marriage. A recent study underscores the importance of “positive family relationships” in preparing children to be “emotionally invested” in their adult relationships.


Couples Benefit When Dad Is Involved with the Kids

A new study finds that marriages benefit when a husband relates well with his children and is involved with them. Their marriages also benefit when he participates in household chores. These are important ways husbands connect with their wives.


What Does the Rising Cohabitation Rate Mean for America?

New research studies show that many women are choosing cohabitation over marriage as their first union. What are the benefits and costs of delayed marriage?


Does Home Life Prepare Children for Marriage?

Most parents hope to create a warm, supportive home for their children. A new study shows that these efforts do provide benefits. It finds that a positive family environment during childhood is associated better marital outcomes later in life.


What Unites and Divides America’s Parents

A three-year study of families conducted by the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture reveals some of the similarities and differences among America’s parents today.


Study Finds First Year of Marriage Is Not the Happiest

Does marriage begin at its high point, with couples enjoying their greatest life satisfaction during their first year together as husband and wife? According to research conducted in Australia, the most satisfied couples were those married 40 years or longer.


The Marriage Challenge No One Is Talking About

A new State of Our Unions report warns that raising children outside of marriage is becoming the new norm. It urges national leaders to pay attention to family structure and the effects on children’s well-being.


“Marital Confidence” Linked to More Couple Time

A new study proposes that spending time together can serve as a sign to a husband and wife of their mutual commitment and interest in the marriage. The researchers found that the level of confidence spouses felt about their decision to marry influenced how much time was spent with each other later.


Can You Believe It? How TV Portrays Love

Can unrealistic portrayals of romantic relationships on television result in harm for some married couples? Quite possibly, yes. New research finds that people who believe in such portrayals are actually less committed to their spouses.


Is It Cold Feet? Or Something More Serious?

Premarital doubts may be common but they’re not benign, says a new research study. Engaged men and women who experience doubts before marrying can be more at risk for an unhappy marriage and divorce.


Young Adults Remain Optimistic About Lifelong Marriage

In an age of widespread divorce, one might expect young adults to be wary of marriage. But, according to a new poll by Clark University, 86% expect their marriage to last a lifetime, and their attitudes towards love, marriage and children remain remarkably traditional.


New Study Looks at “At-Home Dads”

Who are the “new Dads” who stay at home full time with their children? A study from Boston College says they tend to be men who, with their spouses, made a choice “to dedicate themselves to full-time parenting for an often indefinite length of time.”


Married Fathers and Mothers, and Their Children

The intact, biological family remains the gold standard for raising children, according to a new study done at the University of Texas at Austin that has captured widespread attention.


What’s (Not) Wrong With Low-Income Marriages

Statistics show that marriage in low-income communities is threatened and often experiences bad outcomes. However, a new report suggests that it would be wrong to assume that people in low-income communities do not value marriage. The report’s authors suggest that if wrong assumptions guide programs aimed at strengthening marriage, those programs may miss the mark.


What Life Satisfaction Means for Marriage

Can spouses’ sense of general satisfaction with life predict what sort of marriage they have? How does one’s satisfaction with life interrelate with one’s relationships? These are questions Denver University researchers are seeking to explore.


Divorce Rate Rises for Middle-Aged, Older Americans

A new report finds that divorces are becoming much more frequent for middle-aged and older adults, even as the overall divorce rate is declining or stable. The report says this finding has far-reaching ramifications.


Young Adults More Likely to Live With Parents

According to new research from the Pew Center, “If there’s supposed to be a stigma attached to living with mom and dad through one’s late 20s or early 30s, today’s ‘boomerang generation’ didn’t get that memo.” Young adults as well as their parents seem largely satisfied with their living arrangements.


Young Adults Remain Optimistic About Their Future

A new report finds that, despite economic challenges, young adults ages 18 to 34 are happy with their lives. They agree with older generations that family comes first and career second. Being a good parent and having a successful marriage are important life goals for this cohort.


Why “Date Nights” Matter

Many married couples look forward to their date nights and agree that time by themselves helps their marriage. A new report identifies five benefits of date nights. It says that couples who enjoy high-quality time together can head off divorce.


Several Factors Contribute to Declining Marriage Rate

New research finds that the U.S. marriage rate continues to decline, dropping by five percent from 2009 to 2010. What’s behind these startling statistics?


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