2012: The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent

The State of Our Unions monitors the current health of marriage and family life in America. Produced annually, it is a joint publication of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia and the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values.

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The President’s Marriage Agenda for the Forgotten Sixty Percent

Elizabeth Marquardt, David Blankenhorn, Robert I. Lerman, Linda Malone-Colón, and W. Bradford Wilcox

The middle class is threatened by the fracturing of marriage. A team of family scholars makes the case for the president and our nation to adopt a new marriage agenda.

Marriage & Relationship Education: A Promising Strategy for Strengthening Low-Income, Vulnerable Families

Theodora Ooms & Alan J. Hawkins

Can we successfully deliver marriage and relationship services to disadvantaged individuals? What do we know about the effects of these programs on participants, particularly low-income participants? Ooms and Hawkins explore these questions and find mixed, yet encouraging results, though important limitations and gaps in studies of marriage and relationship interventions remain.

Social Indicators of
Marital Health and Wellbeing:

Marriage Divorce Unmarried Cohabitation Loss of Child Centeredness Fragile Families with Children Teen Attitudes about Marriage and Family