Explanation of changing patterns in marriage

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  • Explanation for changing patterns in marriage
    • secularisation
      • religion loosing its influence people don't feel the need
    • changes in attitudes
      • norm to get married has decreased
      • quality of relationship more important than legal status
    • declining stigma to alternatives
      • cohabitation,children before marriage is more acceptable
      • pregnancy outside marriage no longer leads to marriage
        • 2012-42% thought you should get married
        • 1989-70%
    • changing position of women
    • fear of divorce
      • increase of divorce rate put people off


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