YOUNGER ADULTS DRIVE DECLINE IN AMERICAN DIVORCE RATE, BUT MORE SENIORS ARE HOPPING OFF THE BUS | OPINION

Newsweek | 8/24/2019 | Staff
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Fewer and fewer Americans are getting divorced, with the rate falling 18 percent from 2008 to 2016.

Among American adults, there is support for divorce when couples do not get along. Women, people from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, and adults who have experienced divorce personally or among friends and family are especially likely to be accepting.

Acceptance - Divorce - Rate - Decline - Data

Despite this growing acceptance, the divorce rate dipped again in 2018. The decline began in 1980 or 1990, depending on the data source and experts. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of divorced people per 1,000 Americans fell from 4.7 in 1990 to 2.9 in 2016.

Who is driving this downward trend? Adults age 45 and younger.

Young - Adults - Decisive—in - Timing - Nuptials

Young adults are being more decisive—in not only the timing of their nuptials, but also in their choice to marry in the first place.

Many of these younger adults choose to marry after they have achieved their desired levels of education, established careers and stabilized their finances. They also want to be "bonded" with a mate based on love, friendship and common interests, not social obligation.

US - Age - Marriage - Men - Women

In the U.S., the average age at marriage has risen, from 26.1 for men and 22 for women in 1890, to 29.8 for men and 27.8 for women in 2018.

I am a human development and family studies scholar who has spent 20 years studying intimate relationships. In one study, I examined the perspectives of 52 married black men. Achieving their goals relative to education, work and finances was a significant factor in deciding when to marry their wives.

Men - Unions - Wives - Support - Life

Men praised how the unions with their wives afforded them secure attachment and emotional support, as well as enhanced life success. Nearly one-quarter emphasized the role of individual development and being ready for the type of commitment that a successful marriage requires.

These considerations promote the likelihood...
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