Generosity with Spouse Key to Why Married Parents Happier Than Others, Study Says

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News, 12/22/2011

The findings are part of the State of Our Unions 2011 report, "When Baby Makes Three – How Parenthood Makes Life Meaningful and How Marriage Makes Parenthood Bearable." It was produced by the National Marriage Project and a partner, the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values. The results were based on a survey of 2,870 married men and women ages 18 to 46. The report authors, W. Bradford Wilcox and Elizabeth Marquardt, wrote in the Atlantic last week that: "A substantial minority – about 35 percent – of husbands and wives do not experience parenthood as an obstacle to marital happiness. These couples seem to navigate the shoals of parenthood without succumbing to comparatively low levels of marital happiness. What is their secret? We identified 10 aspects of contemporary social life and relationships – such as marital generosity, good sex, religious faith, thrift, shared housework and more – that seem to boost women's and men's odds of successfully combining marriage and parenthood."

Subjects: Family, Parenthood, Marriage


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