MAST Center Research

Our research is designed to understand marriage and romantic relationships in the U.S. and to improve programs that aim to strengthen these relationships. MAST Center research examines relationship patterns and trends and HMRE program implementation and evaluation.

  • Relationship Patterns & Trends – Population-based research and data to better understand trends, predictors, dynamics, and outcomes of marriage and relationships in the United States.
  • Program Implementation and Evaluation – Research that helps build knowledge about what works in HMRE programming, for whom, and in what context.
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Trends in Relationship Formation and Stability in the United States: Dating, Cohabitation, Marriage, and Divorce

Published 2020

Over the past several decades, patterns of union formation and dissolution in the United States have changed in notable ways. Patterns of dating, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce continue to change and evolve, presenting new challenges and opportunities for researchers, policymakers, and practitioners alike.

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