Tag: Cohabitation

Does marriage improve child development?

Does marriage improve child development?

by John Hayward Research published this week by the Institute for Fiscal Studies finds ‘little or no evidence that marriage itself has any effect on children’s social or cognitive development.’ It is worth looking at this study in the context of other similar studies. These have also found some support for theoretical perspectives emphasising parental […]

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Pre-marital sex: Cause or symptom of later relationship difficulties?

Pre-marital sex: Cause or symptom of later relationship difficulties?

by John Hayward A University of Iowa study has found that women who make their sexual debut as young teens are more likely to divorce, especially if ‘the first time’ was unwanted, or if she had mixed feelings about it. The analysis found that 31 percent of women who had sex for the first time […]

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Is divorce becoming less socially acceptable?

Is divorce becoming less socially acceptable?

by John Hayward For the fifth consecutive year the number of divorces granted in the UK has fallen, to 10.5 divorcing people per thousand married population. This is the lowest rate since 1977 and, at 126,496 divorces, is 30 per cent lower than the highest number of divorces, which peaked at 180,523 in 1993. Interestingly, […]

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Increasing Cohabitation – a concern?

Increasing Cohabitation – a concern?

by John Hayward I have just taken a media inquiry about updated marital status population projections published today by the Office for National Statistics. The report predicts that the proportion of adults who are married will drop from 49 per cent to 42 per cent over the coming quarter of a century (2008-2033), the proportion […]

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