UVA says recession hurts some marriages, strengthens others
UVA researchers say recession puts added pressure on troubled marriages in Virginia but actually strengthens others.
UVA’s Marriage Project survey found that 29% of couples reported the economic downturn had put financial stress on their marriage.
Wilcox: On the one hand, we do see that financial stresses, things like being unemployed, for instance, are linked to a lower marital quality and to thoughts of divorce.
Brad Wilcox is Director of UVA’s Marriage Project.
Wilcox: But we're also seeing that, for the population as a whole, that a large minority, 29%, of American spouses are reporting, so that they've gotten a deeper commitment to marriage in the wake of the recession.
Some find they can’t afford to split up. But, he says, there is more to the story.
Wilcox: Some couples have actually gained a deeper commitment to marriage and for them, I think that commitment will extend beyond a recovery.
The Marriage Project is an ongoing research effort at UVA, to determine what is happening to marriage in the United States, and what is happening to the children.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News