The Psychology of Everyday Life:Love, Marriage, and the Baby Carriage


How have the rates of marriage changed over time in the United States?

Despite the remarkable changes in sex roles over the last four decades, the overall marriage statistics have not changed as dramatically as one might predict. In 1950, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 32 percent of the population over age fifteen had never married, 68 percent were currently married, 4 percent were widowed, and 2 percent divorced. In 2007, an estimated 33 percent of the population had never married, 56 percent were married, 2 percent widowed, and 8 percent divorced.

The institution of marriage has changed considerably in America over the last couple of generations. For one thing, people are getting married at an older age (iStock).

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