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.


Business Insider reports on ways Millennials are changing marriage
Millennials are marrying later in life — and breaking other marriage conventions. Uriel Sinai/Getty Images

BGSU study published in Journal of Marriage and Family found that living together "has become part of the pathway toward marriage."  

What's love got to do with it? Susan Brown finds Millennials prefer money before marriage
"Financial security is a top priority for marital success," explains Susan Brown, chair of sociology at Bowling Green State University and co-director of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research. She sees millennials delaying marriage because they have no desire to put a financial burden on a spouse.
Evidence of how much this matters to young people can be seen in the bios and behavior on most of our dating apps. As Brown puts it: "You need to have all your ducks in a row before you’re viewed as marriage material."
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Susan Brown discusses rarity of 75th wedding anniversaries with TRIB Live
Harry Smith, Jr. and Velma Smith on their wedding day, May 17, 1944. The couple is celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary.
"The average duration of marriage in the United States is 20 years. With the median age of first-time grooms and brides on the rise — from 20 for women and 22 for men in the mid-1950s to 28 for women and 30 for men in 2018, according to center statistics — milestones may become harder to reach simply because of life expectancy..." Even just to get to something like 50 years is an achievement."

--Susan L. Brown

Karen Guzzo addresses low birth rates for women in their teens and 20s
Newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. According to a government report released Wednesday, May 15, 2019, U.S. birth rates reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, leading to the fewest babies in 32 years. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
"Young Americans still want to have children, but they don’t feel stable enough to have them yet," said Karen Benjamin Guzzo, who studies families at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
"The U.S. could do more to encourage childbearing with parental leave, preschool expansion and child care subsidies and other policies aimed at helping young adults struggling with student loan debt and housing costs," Guzzo said.
Wendy Manning finds no evidence that young adults are more likely to be faithful than those in 1980
We’d have to wait until Millennials get older before determining whether they are, truly, the faithful generation.

--Wendy D. Manning

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NBC News addresses diversity in nation's households with Susan Brown
Photo of Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, IN, (r) hugs his husband Chasten Glezman.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, IN, (r) hugs his husband Chasten Glezman.
Does teen parenthood lead to social and economic disadvantage?
BGSU Associate Professor and CFDR Associate Director Karen Guzzo speaks with The Atlantic about the multigenerational effects of teen parenthood.

The Consequences of Teen Motherhood Can Last for Generations
The Atlantic

Link to The Atlantic article about teen pregnancy w/citation from Karen Benjamin Guzzo
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Is the growing number of cohabiting couples behind “post-breakup concierge service?”  

Article examines premise of the newly launched “post-breakup concierge service” that handles packing, housing, and self-care needs.

Cohabitation doubled in the last decade. The NCFMR estimates that 66% of couples lived together before getting married, and little more than 50% of first cohabiting couples ever get married. Many Americans live with several different partners before taking the plunge.

This post-breakup concierge service handles all your moving-out needs–and more
Fast Company

Marriage as seen through younger eyes
Image of man and woman on mountaintop
Jeff & Beka Stoll recently moved to CA from Southern Indiana. Photo via "News and Tribune"

News and Tribune examines changing status of marriage in America, pointing to research groups such as the NCFMR for data releases on the changes in the institution of marriage over the last 50 years.

7% of U.S. Marriages will pass 50-year mark
Image of young couple unpacking boxes in sparse living space
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Millennial couples buying homes before they get married are making a risky move that shows how different they really are from their parents
More millennials are cohabitating before marriage — a sixfold increase from their parents' generation...millennials are also waiting longer to get married.  
Getting Married Before Moving In Together? This Is What Could Happen, According To An Expert
The number of women between the ages of 19 and 44 who cohabited with a partner before their first marriage surged by 82% between 1987 and 2010. As for the consequences, the statistics reveal a mixed bag.
Link to Elite Daily article getting-married-before-moving-in-together-this-is-would-could-happen-according-to-expert-15913471
Trends in Cohabitation: Over Twenty Years of Change, 1987 - 2010; National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) data
ABC News discusses low fertility rates with Karen Guzzo
Guzzo said she isn't surprised by this report's numbers, which reflect an overall trend over the past several years. "This is basically a continuation of what we saw last year, and really, the last couple of years," Guzzo said. "What's more surprising is that over the longer term, we kind of expected that after the Great Recession has supposedly disappeared and we are doing much better, fertility rates would start to pick up, and they haven't." She said that the fact that fertility rates haven't recovered offers some insight into how people feel about their current economic situations.

Fertility rate hits 30-year low as Americans aren't having enough babies to replace themselves, new study shows
ABC News

Parents again: the growing number of Americans raising their grandkids
Are older adults experiencing an unprecedented role reversal? The Guardian reports on issues that have driven an increase in grandparent-led families, using data from the NCFMR.

The Guardian

 Photo of Reba Senior brushing the hair of her granddaughter Lydia.
Reba Senior brushes the hair of her granddaughter Lydia at their home in Oregon. Reba adopted her son’s daughters in 2015 after they were put in foster care. Photograph: Leah Nash for the Guardian