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Marriage Patterns & Trends
Marriage has undergone several changes in recent years. Try
& think of 4 important changes in the pattern of marriage
in recent years...
· Fewer people are marrying ­ less than half the number of
marriages in 2005 than the 1970's
· People are marrying later ­ 32 years for men, and 30 for
· Less likelihood of marriage in a church ­ only 35% in 2005
compared to 60 in 1981
· Rise in remarriages ­ 2005, 4 out of every marriage was a
re marriage which for many is leading to `serial monogamy'

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Other Reasons for
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Explaining the decline in `first'
Stigma Secularisation Female
Cohabitation Norms and
Values…read more

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Reasons for decline in first marriages...
· Changing attitudes­ marriage is no longer `the norm' and
the value attached to it is weaker. Rather, we value
personal freedom & choice in our relationships; quality is
more important than legal status
· Secularisation ­ as church influence declines, people see
less relevance of a church ceremony e.g. 2001 census, only
3% of people with no religion were married.…read more

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Link each reason to a
specific marriage pattern
e.g.…read more

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For young people today, what's one of the
biggest reasons why people delay marriage?
More and more young people enter higher
education today and therefore, few people
consider marriage whilst they are dependent on
student loans and parental support.
As people's standards of living have risen, people
expect and want more from a married life together.…read more

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Making Connections
How might these changes affect the family
Partnership Changes The Family Structure
·Rise in divorce
·Decline in first marriages
The Nuclear Family?
·Rise in re marriages…read more

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· Cohabitation involves an unmarried couple in a
sexual relationship living together
· Whilst the number of couples marrying has been
falling, the number of couples cohabiting continues
to rise and it is the fastest growing family type in
the UK e.g. 2 million in Britain and this is expected
to double by 2021.
· However, we cant trust the validity of these
statistics 1oo% because....…read more

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Reasons for Cohabitation
What reason is being implied by each fact?
· In 1989, only 44% of people agreed that `premarital
sex is not wrong at all' but by 2000, 62% took this
view (British Social Attitudes Survey, 2000)
· 88% of 18- 24 year olds thought that `it was alright
for a couple to live together without intending to
get married' but only 40% of those 65+ thought so
(Social Trends,2004)
· According to the 2001 census, young people with
no religion were more…read more

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Less stigma (not seen as living in sin) to have sex outside
marriage ­ also more contraception available to do this.
2. Norms and values have changed
3.Secularisation ­ relationships don't have to bound in a
sacred way
4.Don't need financial security of marriage ­ change in
women's position
5.Child centred society ­ used to freedom to choose
lifestyle options, live independently ­ used to it and more
acceptable, especially as done it at university.…read more


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