Week Seven: "Marriage Reduces Social Ties" Author: Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian
This research poses that marriage today is actually isolating partners from other people in society, namely family. This isolation is predicted to create future problems for both society and the couple. The authors use national data collected from 1994-2004 to reveal that married couples (across the board) do indeed have fewer ties to relatives, are less likely to help, visit, talk with their parents and siblings, and are less likely to take care of their aging parents.
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