Research and Articles

Marriage and divorce rates in the Western world

The United States and Western Europe have the highest rates of marriage and divorce in the world.Current divorce rates in the U.S. are well over 50%. What is the average in your country and what are the trends? Click on your country name for more information:

Marriage and Divorce rate in United States
Marriage and Divorce rate in Canada
Marriage and Divorce rate in United Kingdom
Marriage and Divorce rate in France
Western World General: divorce rate, marriage rate

History and motivation for marriage throughout history

Marriage, as we know it in our Western civilization today, has a long history with roots in several very different ancient cultures, of which the Roman, Hebrew, and Germanic are the most important.Western marriage has further been shaped by the doctrines and policies of the medieval Christian church, the demands of the Protestant Reformation, and the social impact of the Industrial Revolution. Click here for full article.

Prior to the mid 1800’s, the motivations for marriage were very different than today. Most people married for social, economic, or political reasons. Today the primary motivations for marriage are
love and satisfaction, which statistics have proven are to be more fragile and unstable than marriages based on social, economic, or political motives. The main reason for this is that love fades over time,contributing to infidelity and ultimately divorce.Click here for the full article.

The role of parents and childhood in selecting a partner

Some men discover that they fall in love with the same type of woman over and over again. What motivates them to be attracted to women that ultimately will not provide the successful relationship that is desired? What effect does a father have on his son if he maintains a relationship that is distant
and withdrawn? What effect does a mother have on her daughter if she is uninvolved and critical? How does that impact adults when choosing a partner? Do they unconsciously seek out similar traits
in their relationships? Click here and here for more information.

Common reasons why marriages end

As the divorce rate in Western societies has increased exponentially over the past 5 decades, much research has been carried out by marriage counselors, divorce attorneys, and psychologists on the reasons why couples divorce. Infidelity, physical or emotional abuse, and communication breakdown are the top reasons why marriages end. Other reasons include financial problems, boredom, mental health problems, and substance abuse. Click here, here, and here for the full articles.

Age trends in marriage

We live in a world that is becoming ever more demanding on us. Juggling a fulltime job, social commitments and ensuring a comfortable lifestyle have resulted in a shift in how we look at marriage. More and more people want to fulfill their own ambitions such as a career before getting married. A common attitude is “I want to have lived life to the fullest before I get married.” This has resulted in people entering marriage at a later age and subsequently also having children at a later age. Men tend to marry at older ages than women. How trends have changed over the past 50 years can be read here and here.

Common reasons to get married

The reasons to marry have changed throughout the ages. Initially marriages were arranged for reasons of political, social, or economical stability. Today most couples marry out of love. What impact do your reasons to get married have on your chances of having a long a happy marriage? Explore common reasons and misconceptions here and here.

Traditional roles in marriage – impact of modern society and career

Long gone are the days where the woman took one the role of housewife, and the man was responsible for financially supporting his family. In today’s society, it is not uncommon for both partners to work, both sharing equally in the raising of children and household duties. This has had a significant impact on the gender roles in marriage. How has this affected the family model? Find out here and here.

Impact of cultural/religious background on relationships

There are many theories out there about which types of partners are best for each other. Some believe that having a partner with a similar background and interests provides the best base for a stable and long lasting relationship, while others argue that opposites attract and provide a good tension to keep the relationship healthy. Different cultural and religious backgrounds often are not cause for problems for the partners themselves, but more for the role of the parents. Cultural and religious differences can influence child rearing, gender roles, and social values. What are common pitfalls and how can you overcome them? Read more about this here, here, and here.

Emotional and financial impact of failed relationships

Relationships and marriages that fail can have severe consequences for both partners, their children,and their respective families, both financially and emotionally. During the initial stages of a relationship, the euphoric feeling of being in love results in seeing even the negative personality traits of a partner as something positive. In short, both partners are only concerned with enjoying the moment here and now, and are not thinking about the future. In the United States it has become common to sign a pre-nuptial agreement, but in many other Western countries this is an exception rather than the norm. Find out what you can do to minimize the negative financial and emotional impact of a failed relationship. Click here and here for more information.

Effects of Divorce on Children

Being in a relationship with children means that there are other factors to consider besides your own
health and happiness and that of your partner. Children are a great responsibility that last a lifetime and often suffer greatly when a relationship ends, especially when this happens at a young age. All
too often they become the subject of the power play during divorce proceedings when financial and physical assets are divided. What effect do failed relationships have on children? Read about it here.