marriage


Marriage is good for men and women

Carolyn Moynihan | 18 December 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: marriage, mental health
Police everywhere are worried about the rise of binge drinking among young women. Recently I watched a television news item on attempts to control weekend drunkenness and violence in an English town, and most of the film showed young women trying to beat the lads at the own game.


Our disappointment is encouraging

Sheila Liaugminas | 14 December 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: marriage, Tiger Woods
A lot of Americans are disgusted by media saturation coverage of the Tiger Woods scandal and all his alleged mistresses and the loss of at least some of his endorsement contracts and what all those big corporations may do if they haven’t bailed out yet, and whether there’s even more to come out about the man’s stunning fall from grace.


A climate-change moment for marriage

Carolyn Moynihan | 11 December 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: family policy, marriage
A report about families from Britain says forget about marriage; another report from the United States says save it. They can’t both be right.


Marriage and money in the Great Recession

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 December 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: economics, marriage
How are marriages -- American marriages, at least -- doing during the Great Recession? That is the question the latest State of Our Unions report from the National Marriage Project sets out to answer, and the findings are not all bad news.


UK reports says ‘don’t try to fix the family’

Carolyn Moynihan | 07 December 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: family policy, marriage, parenting
Golly, it’s hard to keep up with the Brits and their reports on families and parenting. You would think that government and academics actually understood something about those subjects, but more often than not they add to the confusion.


Wedding cash a turn-off for young Koreans

Carolyn Moynihan | 21 November 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Korea, marriage
No wonder South Koreans are marrying late and the country is winning the race to the bottom in the fertility stakes. Their wedding culture, labelled “vain and extravagant” by their own president, sounds like a big turn-off.


The 4,700 word declaration

Sheila Liaugminas | 20 November 2009 | SHEILA REPORTS |  
tags: marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life
Today at noon, a group of prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders and scholars [released] the Manhattan Declaration, which addresses the sanctity of life, traditional marriage and religious liberty.


Raising kids makes married people happier

Carolyn Moynihan | 30 October 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: happiness, marriage, parenting
Do your children make you happy? When different researchers ask parents questions like that they tend to get contradictory results. The latest issue of the Journal of Happiness Studies reports on a British study that finds having children does increase the happiness of married couples; in fact the more kids they have, the happier these couples are.


A marriage proposal

Carolyn Moynihan | 02 October 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: cohabitation, divorce, marriage
Leading marriage scholars have come up with an index for monitoring the health of marriage in society.


The new divorce divide

W. Bradford Wilcox | 17 September 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: divorce, marriage, poverty
There is good news and bad news on the marriage front in America, and the poor are having the worst of it.


Marriage movement makes waves in New Zealand

Carolyn Moynihan | 10 September 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Australia, marriage, New Zealand

The marriage movement is making itself felt in Australia and New Zealand with the publication of a report, 21 Reasons Why Marriage Matters, this week. A coalition of marriage and family advocacy groups is backing the report, which is based on local and international research showing the benefits of marriage over alternative arrangements for family life.



All shall be poor

Barbara Kay | 28 August 2009 | FEATURES |  
tags: marriage, narcissism, parenting
How today’s sexual narcissists insist on propagating their dreary values.


Abstinence, yes, but what about marriage?

Carolyn Moynihan | 28 August 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: abstinence, Christianity, Mark Regnerus, marriage
The abstinence-until-marriage movement in the United States has been a positive and courageous response to the sexual revolution. As the basis for sex education it has met with determined opposition because of adult scepticism, and probably dislike of the very idea of abstinence. Now a sociologist who is also an Evangelical Christian is suggesting another reason for reviewing the way Christians promote abstinence.


British tax and benefit system favours single parents

Carolyn Moynihan | 11 August 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: marriage, single mother, tax breaks
Does the British government actually not want some people to marry? It rather looks like it, judging by the financial penalty many couples face as a result of the tax they pay and the benefits they do not receive. In fact, it looks as though the government wants those who are married to split up.


What’s wrong with early marriage anyway?

Carolyn Moynihan | 06 May 2009 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: Mark Regnerus, marriage
A cheerful little statistic on marriage from New Zealand: the number of marriages among residents rose last year by 400 -- from 21,500 in 2007 to 21,900 -- and these were all first marriages, which make up around one third of Kiwi marriages overall. We don’t know the ages of the happy couples, but a recent article in the Washington Post -- Say Yes. What Are You Waiting For? -- was an unexpected plug for earlier marriages.


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