National Marriage Project Identifies Marriage Trouble Among Middle AmericansMarybeth Sampsel
The National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values released its 2010 “State of Our Unions” report earlier this week. According to the study, “New data indicate[s] that trends in non-marital childbearing, divorce and marital quality in Middle America increasingly resemble those of the poor, many of whose marriages are fragile. However, among the highly educated and affluent, marriage is stable and appears to be getting even stronger – yet more evidence of America’s marriage gap.”
The study is reportedly the first to examine and address the causes of Middle America’s retreat from marriage in the last few years. Some identified factors include Middle America’s shift in attitude about marriage, economic problems and declining religious attendance. The report also found that marriage among affluent Americans is on the rise and more stable than ever.
Read the full report here.