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Is Marital Quality Declining? The Evidence from Two Generations

Stacy J. Rogers and Paul R. Amato
Social Forces
Vol. 75, No. 3 (Mar., 1997), pp. 1089-1100
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2580532
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2580532
Page Count: 12
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Is Marital Quality Declining? The Evidence from Two Generations
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Abstract

We investigated the possibility that changes in the economic and social context of marriage have lowered marital quality in recent marriages. We used data from a national probability sample of two generations representing individuals married between 1969-1980 and between 1981-1992. Compared with the older group, the younger group (both men and women) reported significantly lower levels of marital interaction and significantly higher levels of marital conflict and problems. Increases in age at first marriage and education between generations did not offset these declines. Changes in economic resources, work and family demands, wives' gender role attitudes, and cohabitation prior to marriage accounted for these changes.

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