When marriage disappears : the new middle America by W. Bradford Wilcox, Elizabeth Marquardt

By W. Bradford Wilcox, Elizabeth Marquardt

State of Our Unions 2010: while Marriage Disappears finds that shifts in marriage mores, raises in unemployment, and declines in spiritual attendance have performed a very very important position in using the retreat from marriage in center the United States. This retreat from marriage is putting the yankee Dream past the succeed in of many in our society, imperiling the social and fiscal welfare of youngsters from heart the USA, and beginning up a social and cultural divide in our state that doesn't bode good for the yank test in democracy.

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23 Specifically, Figure 19 shows that among American adults aged 25–60, the percentage who were members 23. ” in Robert D. ), Democracies in Flux: The Evolution of Social Capital in Contemporary Society (New York: Oxford University Press, 2002): 59–102. 48 Percentage of 25–60-year-olds Who Were Attending Church Nearly Every Week or More, by Education and Decade Figure 20. 40 35 30 25 20 PERCENTAGE 15 32% 40% 23% 38% 34% 28% 10 5 0 Least Educated Moderately Educated Highly Educated 1970's 2000's SOURCE: General Social Surveys, 1972–78 and 2000–08.

34 Percentage of Adolescents Wanting to Attend College “Very Much,” by Mother’s Education Figure 13. 100 80 60 83% 69% 40 PERCENTAGE 56% 20 0 Least Educated Moderately Educated Highly Educated SOURCE: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, Wave 1 (1994–95). When it comes to education, as Figure 13 shows, marked class differences exist in adolescent desires regarding college. Among children of highly educated mothers, 83 percent of teens “very much” want to attend college. But only 69 percent of teens with moderately educated mothers and 56 percent of teens with leasteducated mothers expressed a similar preference.

Putnam, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000); W. Bradford Wilcox, Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and Husbands (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004). 47 Percentage of 25–60-year-olds Who Were Members of a Nonreligious Civic Group, by Education and Decade Figure 19. 100 80 60 86% 71% 40 PERCENTAGE 51% 77% 52% 20 22% 0 Least Educated Moderately Educated Highly Educated 1970's 2000's SOURCE: General Social Surveys, 1975–78 and 2004.

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