Trends in Teens’ Views on Marriage, Family, and Work

Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Katherine Graham, Wendy Manning, Susan L. Brown, and Krista K. Westrick-Payne

The transition to adulthood has lengthened, and marriage is often a capstone of adulthood. Given these changes, teens may increasingly prioritize work and economic success over marriage. The purpose of this project is to evaluate consider change over 40 years in high school seniors’ views on marriage, family and work. MAST Center partners at the National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR) at Bowling Green University analyzed data from the Monitoring the Future Study, considering gender and accounting for socioeconomic and demographic factors linked to attitudes towards marriage and work and money. Key findings indicate that half of teen girls and just under half of teen boys reported that both marriage/family life and having more is important to them.

This poster was presented at the 2022 National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Annual Conference.

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