Marriage & Marital breakdown statistics - Families & Households revision

As the title says. The document includes:

  • Trends of marriages
  • Why marriage 'loosing it's popularity' is exaggerated
  • Reasons for the decline in marriages
  • Feminist views of marriage - Wilkinson, Smith, Campbell
  • Cohabitation statistics
  • Reasons for the rise in cohabitation
  • Marital breakdown/divorce
  • Reasons for marital breakdown/divorce
  • Births outside of marriage statistics
  • Reasons for births outside of marriage
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AS Sociology 26th April 2010
Families & Households Revision



Marriage and Marital Breakdown (Statistics)

TRENDS

There was a peak in marriages in the early 70s because of the `baby boom'
generation
But since then there has been a steadily decline in marriages


FURTHER STATISTICS ON MARRIAGE

There were fewer than…

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AS Sociology 26th April 2010
Families & Households Revision




FEMINIST VIEWS ON MARRIAGES

WILKINSON "GENDERQUAKE"

Women no longer prioritise marriage and children
This is because of educational opportunities and the feminisation of the
economy (career women)


SMITH

Women are sceptical about the value of marriage
Sexual freedom seen in today's…

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AS Sociology 26th April 2010
Families & Households Revision




MARITAL BREAKDOWN / DIVORCE

In 1993 there were 165,000 divorces compared to only 6000 back in 1938
There was a slight drop, but divorces raised again to 148,000 in 2002
If current trends continue, 40% of marriages will end in divorce…

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