ERIC Number: EJ967203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
What's (Not) Wrong with Low-Income Marriages
Trail, Thomas E.; Karney, Benjamin R.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v74 n3 p413-427 Jun 2012
In the United States, low marriage rates and high divorce rates among the poor have led policymakers to target this group for skills- and values-based interventions. The current research evaluated the assumptions underlying these interventions; specifically, the authors examined whether low-income respondents held less traditional values toward marriage, had unrealistic standards for marriage, and had more problems managing relational problems than higher income respondents. They assessed these issues in a stratified random sample that oversampled low-income and non-White populations (N = 6,012). The results demonstrated that, relative to higher income respondents, low-income respondents held more traditional values toward marriage, had similar romantic standards for marriage, and experienced similar skills-based relationship problems. Low-income groups had higher economic standards for marriage and experienced more problems related to economic and social issues (e.g., money, drinking/drug use) than did higher income respondents. Thus, efforts to save low-income marriages should directly confront the economic and social realities these couples face.
Descriptors: Divorce, Poverty, Income, Drug Use, Marriage, Values, Intervention, Comparative Analysis, Interpersonal Relationship, Policy Formation, Research, Marital Satisfaction, Economic Factors, Feedback (Response)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United States