So, what does threaten marriage? For one, the insecurity engendered by the cultural acceptance of divorce. Couples are now less willing to invest fully in each other, the authors write, while "commitment produces contentment; uncertainty creates agony." Cultural indifference towards marriage is the other big downer. Because marriage is a public commitment, it can "work its miracles only if it is supported by the whole society." Not surprisingly, divorce gets a very bad rap as Waite and Gallagher pull out the heavyweight facts, particularly when it comes to its effect on children. The good news, though, is that marriage is resilient--five years down the road most couples who considered but resisted divorce found that they were happy again. Since Americans are still the marrying kind despite the cynicism, fear, and laissez-faire attitudes, The Case for Marriage makes a reassuring and compelling case for keeping on keeping on. --Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What emerges is a comprehensive and intriguing look at the importance of marriage.
Many of the downsides of not being married (domestic violence, eg) may result in not being married instead of vice versa.
The authors use statistics and common sense to demonstate why marriage is in our own public best interest.
Have a dictionary present while reading. I'm not an advanced reader so I have to read it a little slower to get the gist. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Alisha
very informative. will use it in my private counseling practice and reference in my book on dealing with relationship conflicts.Published 6 months ago by Gerald J. Manney
This is a really interesting book. It takes statistics- which at time can be dry- and makes a compelling case for marriage. Read morePublished 8 months ago by TravelerK
Good review of what is taking place not only in America, but globally with marriage.Published 8 months ago by Fletcher Sanders
The book offers truth to community : in clarifying the myths re marriages and in speaking to the ills of society.Published 12 months ago by dennis baptiste
Good book. It's interesting and fun to read. I frequently find myself citing info I have learned from reading it and find it applicable in daily life. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Shea
The evidence is well-documented, and the conclusions are obvious. Our culture is chipping away at this cornerstone of society,
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