Trends in Marriage
Declined since 1970-
Remarriages have increased since 1960-
1961- 57, 000
1971-2- The Divorce Reform Act 1969
2000- 126, 000 (46% of all marriages)
Marrying later since 1970-
Rose by 7 years on average 1971-2005
Changing Attiudes towards Marriage
- Less pressure to marry
- Able to choose what kind of relationship they want
Greater choice over family structure has led to greater family diversity.
Greater risk of instabilty and are more likely to break up.
Decline in Religous Influence
- Increase of secularisation
- No longer they feel like they need to marry for religous reasons
- Freer to choose what relationship they enter to
Majority of first-time marriages are still in a religous context.
Decline in stigma towards alternitives to marriage
- Children outside of marriage
British Social Attiudes Survey
70% in 1989
54% in 2000
That people who want kids should get married
Cohabiting couples tend to get married so just the average age of marrying has risen.
Changes in the Position of Women
- Finanically indpendent from men e.g. career and education prospects have improved
- Feminist view of marriage being patiarchal can stop women from marrying
Instead of not getting married putting it off to improve thier career standing.
Feminist- Due to improved career options women are now faced with a triple shift- paid work, domestic work and emotion work