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What Does a 2011 Father Do?

Thirty years ago it was rare to see a stay-at-home Dad. These days it’s a common feature of marriage and parenthood. Even the experts don’t know where trends are heading, but we do know that fathers are more involved than ever in child care.


A Second Chance for Divorcing Couples

A new research report says that many divorces are preventable, and children and society could benefit if these couples had a second chance.


How Materialism Harms a Marriage

A new research study finds that a couple’s attitudes towards money, not always money itself, can stress a marriage. Read how materialism can hurt a marriage and who is most at risk.


How Couples Recover From the Day’s Stresses

Balancing home and work is a major issue for most couples.But how they manage their work within the home can have long-term effects on each spouse’s health.


How Stress Can Help a Marriage

New research finds that stress in a marriage may not be all bad. A couple who successfully handles moderate stresses early in a marriage can be better prepared for major stresses later on.


What Are the Social Benefits of Marriage?

Marriage, the union of one man and one woman, is a personal, but not private, relationship with great public significance. Marriage is good for the couple; it is also provides the optimal conditions for bearing and raising children. Marriage makes an essential contribution to the common good. Some specific benefits are identified below. Marriage and […]


Do Work and Married Life Fit Together?

A new study looks at how work affects marriages. It finds significant differences between parents and non-parents, and between fathers and mothers. The researchers point out that all couples can benefit from having a conversation at home if the husband’s or wife’s workday is stressful.


Does Marriage Education Work?

Do marriage education efforts really work? Yes, says Scott Stanley, a noted researcher at the University of Denver. The latest focus: Relationship education to help individuals “realize their own aspirations for success in marriage.”


People Now Marry Later, and Stay Married Longer

Contrary to popular belief, divorce has been declining in the U.S. since its peak around 1980. Couples who marry today have a better chance of reaching a milestone anniversary, in part because they are waiting longer to get married.


What Makes for a Happy and Lasting Marriage?

What Makes for a Happy and Lasting Marriage?

The recent royal wedding has prompted many people to wonder: What makes for a happy,enduring marriage? It’s not just luck! Read what social science research has discovered.


For Couples, Communication Is Multidimensional

There is little disagreement that effective communication between a wife and husband contributes to marital happiness. What makes for effective communication in a marriage?


How Quickly Do You Bounce Back From an Argument?

Every couple experiences conflict. The challenge is to deal with it and move on. A new study says that the ability to bounce back quickly from an argument bodes well for the relationship.


How Young Adults Regard Marriage, Parenthood and a Good Spouse

A new study finds that young adults value parenthood more than marriage. They’re less likely than older generations to link marriage and parenthood and more accepting of single parenting.


Is Your Spouse a Dream Come True?

Newlyweds are often told to take off the rose-colored glasses when thinking about their spouses. Otherwise, they risk disappointment when they find their spouse is imperfect. New research finds that this “conventional wisdom” may be wrong.


Stereotypes Upended by Study: How Singles View Marriage

Have faithfulness and commitment gone out of style with today’s singles? Not at all. Three-quarters of single Americans believe that if they get married they can stay married forever.


Recession Brings “Silver Lining” to Marriages

We all know that the Great Recession has brought financial stress to many marriages. But new research finds that it has also deepened some couples’ commitment to their marriage.


When Closeness Does–And Doesn’t–Help a Couple’s Communication

We usually assume that the closer a couple is, the better their communication. A new study finds that’s not necessarily the case. Read why closeness can sometimes hinder a couple’s ability to communicate.


Do Children Really Make a Marriage Less Happy?

Do Children Really Make a Marriage Less Happy?

While research confirms that marital happiness suffers when children arrive, new studies show that the gap is small. Marital satisifaction doesn’t have to decline when children are in the picture. Parents can choose how they will respond to the challenge.


How Gratitude Strengthens a Marriage

Practicing an “attitude of gratitude” means more than saying thank-you to your spouse. Read what new research says about cultivating gratitude in your marriage.


New Report Calls Marriage Gap a Social Tragedy

A new report concludes that marriage is in trouble among so-called “Middle Americans”–the 58 percent of adults who have a high school diploma but no four-year college degree. Shifts in marriage attitudes, increases in unemployment and declines in religious attendance are among the trends driving the retreat.


Many Say Marriage Is Becoming Obsolete, But…

Is marriage becoming obsolete? That’s how some newspaper headlines characterized new research from the Pew Center. The reality is more complicated; in fact, most Americans say they hope to marry at some point. Is the glass half full or half empty?


Is Love a Flimsy Foundation for Marriage?

What model of marriage offers the best prospects for success? A new report finds value in a traditional, or institutional, model with its supporting social networks. But couples also need the expressive dimension of married life–the soulmate model.


Study Finds Big Reversals in Marriage Patterns

A new study finds that higher education for women no longer puts them at a disadvantage for marrying. However, a “marriage gap” still persists, with college-educated couples more likely to be happily married and less likely to divorce.


How Committed is the One You Hope to Marry?

How committed to you is the man or woman you’re beginning to think you’d like to marry? How do you “decode” this person’s level of commitment? Scott Stanley cautions couples not to attach a “sign of commitment” label to actions that may have little to do with commitment. “I think it’s important that people have ways to read correctly how committed their partner can be to them,” Stanley said.


How Do You and Your Spouse Handle Conflict?

Every marriage has problems from time to time. A new study identfies constructive strategies that couples can use to deal with conflict and improve their chances of staying together.


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