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  • 1. AMERICAN MARRIAGE IN THE EARLY TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY Natalie Williams
  • 2. MARRIAGE 1890-2002 In 1890’s  Men married at around age 26  Women at age 22 In 1950’s  Men married at 23  Women at age 21 In 2002  Men marry around age 26-27  Women marry around 25-26
  • 3. COHABITATION Evolving phenomenon Same Sex couples more likely to live together Trial Marriage  see what it’s like to live with another before you marry them Normally don’t last long  Half will end up splitting up  Can be through break up of boyfriend/girlfriend  Through marriage
  • 4. TWO PARENTS VS. ONE PARENT 1960-2002  Two parent families start to decline  62 percent  One parent families increases  27 percent  Neither parent  4 percent
  • 5. CURRENT SITUATION OF MARRIAGE 16% of people agreed main purpose of marriage is to have children 94% want a soul mate Marriage remains a popular among the low and middle class whether they can afford it or not Homosexual couples want marriage More apparent in U.S than in other developed Western Nations
  • 6. INTO AND OUT OF MARRIAGE 517 divorces per 1,000 marriages Experience going in and out of more marriages than any other Western Nations Children are more likely to be around multiple unions  U.S has twice as many unions as Sweden does  Cohabitating can increase the number of unions a person has
  • 7. MARRIAGE IN A NEW LIGHT Marriage is more optional People can choose to have families Marriage is based more on the individual  Less centered on the children  With less children, less competition for parents attention With people having multiple unions, the children are placed in more unstable situations Although, people divorce or break up, marriages continue to thrive in U.S.
  • 8. CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION20 years from now, do you think peoplewill still value marriage or do you think iteventually will be a thing of the past?

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