New research by Marriage Foundation shows that marriage significantly improves the self-esteem of teenagers and improves their life chances. Children with parents in a stable long-term cohabiting relationship did not see any benefit.
First marriage rates are now at an all-time low for brides at 25.6 per 1,000 single women, and equal to the previous all-time low seen in 2009 for grooms at 21.7 per 1,000 unmarried men. Also the average age at first marriage continues to climb.
Independent think tank CIVITAS has released an interesting report on the current state of marriage as an institution and as a social phenomena. The report quotes Marriage Foundation's original research.