NCFMR in the News

NCFMR research topics are wide-ranging and diverse. To further our reach, NCFMR Co-Directors, NCFMR/BGSU Research Affiliates, students, and staff participate in conferences, workshops, and seminars across the country, sharing policy-relevant research on American families with practitioners, fellow researchers, and policy makers.  Disseminated as working papers, publications, data resources, and presentations, our research often garners national attention.
5 factors that may predict divorce, according to psychology

Wendy Manning (NCFMR codirector) and Jessica Cohen's (former NCFMR graduate research fellow) research examining the link between premarital cohabitation and divorce appears in Sex and Psychology.

Premarital Cohabitation and Marital Dissolution:
An Examination of Recent Marriages
Journal of Marriage and Family

Loss of Christian values alters marriage norms

BG Falcon Media reports that many couples who envision a traditional marriage with a strong focus on religious beliefs was once the norm. As millennials become less religious, however, traditional marriage falls into the minority.

Susan Brown said the traditional marriages of those from the silent generation during the “Golden Age” in the ‘50s were “more companionate because it was about the goal. The measure of success was that you performed your role well.”

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Why more couples are cohabiting, not marrying

Susan Brown and Matthew Wright's research in Chicago Tribune.

The relatively little data that exist on who assumes responsibility for frail elders outside marriage is unsettling, said Brown and a former student, Matthew Wright, whose doctoral dissertation looked at adult children and their cohabiting parents.
Splitsville: The Shocking New Divorce Epidemic
"The stats are shocking. Among U.S. adults ages 50 and older, the divorce rate has doubled since the 1990s, according to the National Center for Family & Marriage Resarch, while divorce rates for those in their 20s and 30s has dropped 21%. What’s more, 66% of Boomers said they would prefer divorce to an unhappy marriage, compared with 44% of younger Americans. So forget the stereotypes of hunkering down with spouses and daydreaming about beach condos as the years pass; we’re actually choosing separate futures more and more often."
Thirteen percent of U.S. adults were living alone in 2015

Americans Face a Rising Risk of Dying Alone

Wendy Manning joins the discussion on 89.3 KPCC
As the national marriage rate continues to decline, a look at some young people’s decisions to tie the knot despite criticisms
Research reveals very big differences in how young Americans live today
The Fracking Boom, a Baby Boom, and the Retreat From Marriage

Wendy Manning speaks with Freakonomics Radio about family structure at birth, whether it's cohabiting or married.

U.S. divorce rate reached lowest point in nearly 40 years
Promising news for those who believe in love...

poughkeepsie journal june 2017

For every 1,000 unmarried women age 15 or older, there were 32.2 marriages in 2015, a jump from 31.9 in 2014. NCFMR says this is the highest number of marriages since 2009.

Advice for June brides from long-marrieds
Poughkeepsie Journal


Social Justice

Twenty-One Figures That Capture Interracial Marriage in America
16.9: The rate of divorce per 1,000 married woman over the age of 15 in 2015, which chalked up to the lowest divorce rate in 35 years, according to data from Bowling Green State University.
Wendy Manning on the changing face of marriage
5 money questions you should ask before getting married
A 2010 study by the NCFMR revealed that couples were more likely to break up after they moved money out of joint accounts and kept their money separate.
Karen Guzzo discusses birth intendedness with Michael Cohen on The Capital City Recap

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Wendy Manning discusses grandparenthood with NYT
A grandmother and granddaughter at play in Chevy Chase, Md. The number of grandparents in the American population has grown by 24 percent since 2001.
“We would expect more people reporting to be grandparents because of the aging of the population,” said Wendy Manning, a sociologist and is the director of the CFDR and co-director of the NCFMR at Bowling Green State University.
Boomers divorce rates on the increase
Divorce rate and number of persons that experience divorce, for adults aged 50 years and older
Research Affiliate Kenneth Pargament on spiritual struggles and mental health
“Spirituality and religion are often neglected or considered taboo,” Pargament said. “Our interest was to study the roles of spirituality and religion in people’s lives for better or worse. See how they help people reach their potential, create struggles, serve as a source of tension.”
U.S. Divorce Rate on Steady Decline
In 2015, the median age at first divorce was at a 45-year highpoint.
Why Is US Divorce Rate Lower Than It's Been In 30 Years?

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Tune in to hear Wendy Manning discuss the reasons behind the low divorce rate with "The Show."



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How to Support Those Who Marry Young
Recent data from the National Center for Family & Marriage Research reveals that young Americans are waiting much longer to get married, and many are not getting married at all — living together has lost much of its social stigma.
Marriage and divorce rates follow different patterns over past forty-five years
Creating a safety net for isolated seniors
"Americans are spending less time than ever in the married state," said Susan Brown of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, which "raises questions about who's going to care for these people as they age and experience health declines."
Sociology professors awarded nearly $2 million in grants
Drs. Wendy Manning, Peggy Giordano, and Monica Longmore
For Many Millennials, Marriage Can Wait
"Since the 1980s, surveys by the NCFMR have consistently shown that four out of five high school seniors expect to be married at some point in the future."
H.S. School Seniors' Expectations to Marry