Is There the “Sweet Spot” for Age at Marriage and Positive Marital Outcomes?
Journal of Family Issues
Using three nationally representative data sets, researchers analyzed the trends in age at marriage, marital stability, and marital satisfaction across the 20th century. Although there is a well-established link between age at marriage and marital stability, less is understood about the link between age at marriage and marital satisfaction. Previous work in this area suggested that it is the absolute age at first marriage that makes a difference. This study examined this hypothesis as well as a second hypothesis that cultural expectations about the “right” age to marry make a difference. Neither hypothesis was completely supported. Trends in normed marital satisfaction scores varied by birth cohort, years married, and age at marriage in nonlinear ways. Implications for relationship educators and practitioners are discussed.
Age, marriage, psychology, satisfaction, stability
Bartle-Haring, Suzanne; Shannon, Samuel; Holowacz, Eugene; Patton, Rikki; and Younkin, Felisha L., "Is There the “Sweet Spot” for Age at Marriage and Positive Marital Outcomes?" (2017). Psychology Faculty Publications. 221.
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