Reasons for decline of marriage & growing cohabitation

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  • REASONS FOR A DECLINE OF MARRIAGE & GROWING COHABITATION
    • CHANGING ROLE OF WOMEN
      • more freedom to choose their relationships
      • more successful than men in education
      • less willing to take on the demands associated with the housewife role
      • women in cohabiting relationships do less housework than married women
      • postpone marriage until careers established
    • CHANGING SOCIAL ATTITUDES & REDUCED SOCIAL STIGMA
      • young people more likely to cohabit than older people
      • this may reflect the evidence that older people are less likely to stigmatise cohabitation
    • GROWING SECULARIZATION
      • influence of religiously based morality regarding the importance of marriage has declined
      • cohabitation & marriage more about individual & practical choices than sacred unions
    • RISING DIVORCE RATE
      • may be because couples see the risk involved in marriages not lasting
      • high number of remarriages is due to increased numbers of first marriages divorcing
    • REDUCING RISK
      • Beck - 'risk society'
      • individuals less controlled by traditional structures
      • individuals face increased risks as constantly forced to weigh up choices & make decisions
      • people may choose to avoid the risk involved in marriage

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