Marriage and the Family

Less marriage equals less sex

This is a sort of man bites dog story that reverses the usual expectations, but according to a big new American survey, people in their 20s are having sex less often than people in their 30s, or even in their 50s. But your 20s are supposed to be the time of maximum libido, so what...

The Cohabitation Difference

An 11 country international survey that includes Ireland finds that cohabiting parents are less likely to be confident about their relationships and less happy in their family life than married parents. This briefing note from The Iona Institute examines the results of the survey and highlights ‘The Cohabitation Difference’.

Mind the Gap II: Marriage and Family by Socio-Economic Group

Mind the Gap II finds that those in the most disadvantaged social class are three times as likely to have suffered a broken marriage as those in the highest. It is a companion paper to Mind the Gap I which found that the most disadvantaged are far less likely to marry in the first place...

Marriage should not just be for the middle classes

The Iona Institute released a report last week further highlighting the big marriage gap that exists between middle class and working class people. CSO data show that professional workers are twice as likely to be married, and only a third as likely to be divorced or separated as unskilled workers. Breda O’Brien turned her attention...

The huge social divide in rates of marriage breakdown

Professor Patricia Casey was on Newstalk Breakfast yesterday to discuss a new report from The Iona Institute which shows that the marriage breakdown rate for unskilled workers is three times that of professional workers, a yawning marriage gap. You can listen to the item here.

Marriage is the best friend of the unborn child

The single best protector against abortion appears to be marriage. A married woman is only a fifth as likely to have an abortion as a woman who is not married. This difference is stark and is worth examining. We know that in the UK, for example, about one every five pregnancies ends in abortion, but...

The growing shortage of marriageable men

As women’s economic prospects have risen in recent decades, and that of many men, especially many working class men have declined, so have the odds of some people ever getting married. To put it bluntly; a man with good earning prospects has a better chance of getting married than a man with poor earning prospects....

Discovering and teaching what makes a marriage work

What makes marriage work? A new study from the University of Exeter has looked at exactly this and recommended the findings be taught in schools. After all, entering a marriage is one  of the most important decisions we can make in life, so we ought to do our best to get it right and we...

Marriage in Ireland compared with other EU countries

In 2013, 2.1 million marriages and 943,000 divorces took place in the European Union. This is the equivalent of 4.1 marriages and 1.9 divorces for every 1,000 persons. How does Ireland compare with the rest of Europe? In the same year, the crude marriage rate (number of marriage per 1,000 persons per annum) for Ireland...

Marriage breakdown in Ireland: higher than we think

We often hear that Ireland has a low divorce rate compared to the rest of Europe and particularly to the UK. This is correct, but we can’t afford to be complacent because for every four couples who marry in Ireland each year, roughly one couple go their separate ways. That is probably higher than many...

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