Marriage in the Minds of Emerging Adults

Mark Regnerus and Jeremy Uecker

in Premarital Sex in America

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199743285
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894741 | DOI:
Marriage in the Minds of Emerging Adults

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This chapter explores the ideas of marriage in the minds of young adults. The vast majority of them wish to get married, yet the institution itself seems disconnected not only from where they are in their lives, but also where many of them want to go. Marriage becomes a future event that will somehow happen someday in the scripted manner in which they conceive of it. In the present, therefore, they remain cautious about it. Those must wait for the right person — not just any sexual partner — or until they’re ready to “settle down” and marry. Many young adults now perceive their 20s as the time to extend your adolescence, enjoy yourself, and try on different identities and relationships before getting serious. The chapter also explores the prevalence of “early” marriage as well as divorce, and discusses the increasing frequency of cohabitation.

Keywords: early marriage; early divorce; settling down; emerging adulthood; cohabitation; sexual chemistry; military families

Chapter.  14714 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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