Event Title

Finding Success and Stability in Long Lasting Marriages

Location

CSU 284A

Start Date

4-4-2011 1:30 PM

End Date

4-4-2011 3:00 PM

Student's Major

Sociology and Corrections

Student's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mentor's Name

Emily Boyd

Mentor's Department

Sociology and Corrections

Mentor's College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description

Many people worry about the divorce rate in America, according to the National Vital Statistics Reports of Births, Marriages, Divorces, and Deaths on July, 29, 2009 over 1 million people got divorced in 2008. Given such high divorce rates, what can we do to make marriage stronger? In order to investigate the properties of long lasting marriage, I interviewed 10 couples who have been married thirty or more years. The subjects were asked several questions about the beliefs and values that are important in their relationship. My results focus on two key findings that couples suggested contributed to their happiness and marital success: a) having a stay at home mother within the family, and b) their perspectives on raising children. Additionally, I discuss their current views on divorce and marriage today. If these findings are correct the fate of marriage today may be in more trouble than we once thought. This means that families today face more difficult obstacles in creating and keeping the marriage and family situation healthy and successful.

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Apr 4th, 1:30 PM Apr 4th, 3:00 PM

Finding Success and Stability in Long Lasting Marriages

CSU 284A

Many people worry about the divorce rate in America, according to the National Vital Statistics Reports of Births, Marriages, Divorces, and Deaths on July, 29, 2009 over 1 million people got divorced in 2008. Given such high divorce rates, what can we do to make marriage stronger? In order to investigate the properties of long lasting marriage, I interviewed 10 couples who have been married thirty or more years. The subjects were asked several questions about the beliefs and values that are important in their relationship. My results focus on two key findings that couples suggested contributed to their happiness and marital success: a) having a stay at home mother within the family, and b) their perspectives on raising children. Additionally, I discuss their current views on divorce and marriage today. If these findings are correct the fate of marriage today may be in more trouble than we once thought. This means that families today face more difficult obstacles in creating and keeping the marriage and family situation healthy and successful.

Recommended Citation

Theodorson, Lacey. "Finding Success and Stability in Long Lasting Marriages." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 4, 2011.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2011/oral-session-09/5