Divorce in America: Who Wants Out and Why?


Since the 1970′s, the share of Americans who eventually leave their marriages has hovered between 40 and 50%.  Divorce, even when seemingly necessary, can be very disruptive to the lives of individuals and their children.  Using new data from the Relationships in America survey, which included nearly 4,000 ever-divorced adults ages 18-60, we assessed how couples think about—then actually do ... Read More »

Hand to the Plow: How Farming May Still Affect Gender Roles

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By Joseph Price Have you ever wondered why your spouse is more or less willing to help out around the house? A recent study by Alberto Alesina, Paola Giuliano, and Nathan Nunn suggests that at least part of the gender role attitudes that we have today stem from the way our ancestors planted their crops. During the pre-industrial age, the ... Read More »

Coming Soon: Relationships in America survey data project

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The Relationships in America survey project is a large new data collection effort that seeks to understand how American adults navigate and think about the significant relationships in their lives, especially romantic ones. Of special note, the survey project asks a variety of questions to divorcees, examining the reasons for splitting and divorcees’ experiences of dating after divorce. We invite you to sign up ... Read More »

Religiously Diverse Romantic Partners—More Understanding and Less Satisfied

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Until recently interfaith marriages and romantic relationships were scarce.  In fact only about 20% of marriage before 1960 were interfaith.  Using the NFSS we estimate that 44% of all couples and 38% of married couples in 2011 had different religious traditions than their spouse or partner. While this is good news for interfaith understanding and tolerance, it may be bad ... Read More »