See other articles in PMC that cite the published article. Summary The United States shows striking racial and ethnic differences in marriage patterns.
Compared to both white and Hispanic women, black women marry later in life, are less likely to marry at all, and have higher rates of marital instability. Kelly Raley, Megan Sweeney, and Danielle Wondra begin by reviewing common explanations for these differences, which first gained momentum in the s though patterns of marital instability diverged earlier than patterns of marriage formation.
Raley, Sweeney and, Wondra argue Dating Glendale women in the racial gap in marriage that emerged in the s, and has grown since, is due partly to broad changes in ideas about family arrangements that have made marriage optional.
Race continues to be associated with economic disadvantage, and thus as economic factors have become more relevant to marriage and marital stability, the racial gap in marriage has grown.
In70 percent of non-Hispanic white children ages 0—18 and roughly 59 percent of Hispanic children were living with both of their biological parents. The same was true for only a little more than one-third of black children.
Others suggest that common factors, such as economic distress, contribute both to family instability and to developmental problems in children. Regardless, even if many single-parent families function well and produce healthy children, population-level differences in family stability are associated with distress for both parents and children.
We begin by describing racial and ethnic differences in marriage formation and stability, then review common explanations for these differences. We also discuss how these gaps have evolved over time and how they relate to social class.
To date, many explanations have focused on the poor and working class, even though racial and ethnic differences in family formation Beautiful ladies looking online dating Rapid City across the class spectrum.
We argue that the racial gap in marriage that emerged in the s, Weedsport NY housewives personals has grown since, is due partly to broad changes in ideas about family arrangements that have made marriage optional but still desirable. Although we primarily focus on black-white differences in marriage, we also consider contemporary family patterns for other racial and ethnic groups Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans.
New waves of migration have added to the diversity of the United States, and blacks are no longer the largest minority group. Moreover, considering the family patterns of other minority groups, whether disadvantaged or comparatively well-off, can give us insight into Housewives looking sex Neath Port Talbot sources of black-white differences.
Our ability to analyze historical marriage trends among Hispanics, however, is limited due to changing measurement strategies in federal data, shifts over time in the characteristics of migrant populations, and the fact that the marriage patterns of migrants differ from those of U. Girls from Struthers having sex Differences in Marriage and Marital Stability Young adults in the United States are waiting longer to marry than at any other time in the past century.
Inmore than eight women in ten in their early 40s were or had ever been married. The median age at first marriage is roughly four years higher for black than for white women: 30 versus 26 years, respectively, in Consequently, a far lower proportion of black women have married at least once by age Our tabulations of data from Do you need economic wanna fuck U.
Yet fewer than two-thirds of black women reported having married at least once by the same age.