Most observers agree that marriage in America has been changing. Some think it is in decline, that the growth of individualism has made it increasingly difficult to achieve satisfying and stable relationships. Others believe that changes, such as increasing gender equality, have made marriage a better arrangement for women as well as men. Based on two studies of marital quality in America twenty years apart, this book takes a middle view, showing that while the divorce rate has leveled off, spouses are spending less time together.
Paul R. Amato, Alan Booth, David R. Johnson, and Stacy J. Rogers are Professors of Sociology at the Pennsylvania State University.
* List of Figures * Acknowledgments * The Continuing Transformation of Marriage in America * Stability and Change in Marital Quality * Rising Individualism and Demographic Change * Who Benefited from the Rise of Dual-Earner Marriage-and Who Did Not? * Changing Gender Relations in Marriage * Social Integration, Religion, and Attitudes toward Lifelong Marriage * How Our Most Important Relationships Are Changing * Implications for Theory, Future Research, and Social Policy * Appendix 1: Study Methodology * Appendix 2: Tables * References * Index