Expressed attitudes of adolescents toward marriage and family life.

Title

Expressed attitudes of adolescents toward marriage and family life.

Creator

Martin P D; Specter G; Martin D; Martin M

Publisher

Adolescence

Date

2003
2003

Description

In the U.S., modifications in family structure and in attitudes concerning marriage and family life have been numerous. Areas such as sexual behavior and alternative living arrangements have become highly varied and nontraditional compared to past generations. This study examined the attitudes of adolescents toward aspects of marriage and family life. The majority of adolescents expressed negative attitudes toward divorce and viewed marriage as a lifelong commitment. While only about a third of the adolescents expressed positive attitudes toward premarital sex, a majority indicated they would engage in sexual intercourse before marriage, or already have. Interestingly, about half of the adolescents held positive attitudes toward cohabitation. Lastly, the adolescents demonstrated a growing acceptance of premarital counseling and psychoeducational interventions regarding marriage and family life.

Subject

Female; Male; Texas; Human; Descriptive Statistics; Surveys; Adolescence; Attitude Measures; Random Sample; Divorce; Sexuality; Family – Psychosocial Factors; Attitude – In Adolescence; Marriage – Psychosocial Factors

Rights

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Pages

359–367

Issue

150

Volume

38

Citation

Martin P D; Specter G; Martin D; Martin M, “Expressed attitudes of adolescents toward marriage and family life.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed March 8, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/6234.

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