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The Marriage Paradox: Why Emerging Adults Love Marriage Yet Push it Aside

Brian J. Willoughby and Spencer L. James

Abstract

This book explores one of the more puzzling findings in modern young adulthood. Most emerging adults report they value marriage highly, yet more and more of them are delaying and appear to be avoiding marriage. Using a mixture of national data and a mixed-method study of middle-class emerging adults from the Midwest, the book explores why this paradox might exist. Using interview data, the authors weave stories of real emerging adults into their narrative to provide illustrative examples of the concepts and themes being discussed. National data are provided to connect themes to national trends ... More

Keywords: Emerging adulthood, marriage, cohabitation, dating, attitudes, romantic relationships

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190296650
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190296650.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian J. Willoughby, author
Associate Professor, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University

Spencer L. James, author
Assistant Professor, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University