Will the Pandemic Increase a Growing Marriage Class Divide?

A new story from The Atlantic suggests that the effects of the pandemic may widen the class divide in marriage, making it less likely for lower income and marginalized couples to marry. The story cites three articles from the Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF) 2020 Decade in Review, published by NCFR, that examine marriage trends over time. Taken together, these articles highlight how economic disparities have shaped rates of marriage, divorce, and cohabitation.

Family Matters: Research on Family Ties and Health, 2010 to 2020
Debra Umberson and Mieke Beth Thomeer

Families Across the Income Spectrum: A Decade in Review
Marianne Cooper and Allison J. Pugh

Cohabitation and Marriage: Complexity and Diversity in Union‐Formation Patterns
Sharon Sassler and Daniel T. Lichter

Articles in this Decade in Review issue are free access to the public until early 2021.

Additionally, there are many new early-view articles available online ahead of their inclusion in a journal issue, including eight articles currently open access to the public.

The general public may visit the journal website to view any article abstract without a login. JMF subscribers may visit ncfr.org/jmf-access to log in.