Title

Changes in Marital Beliefs Among Emerging Adults

Keywords

marital paradigms, marital beliefs, attitudes, emerging adults, binge drinking

Abstract

Although research on marital beliefs among emerging adults has increased in recent years, most studies assume that marital beliefs are static features of emerging adulthood. Using a sample of 134 emerging adults in the United States tracked over a 1-year period, we explored if these emerging adults exhibited changes in their marital beliefs over time and what predicted such changes. We found that emerging adults in the sample showed significant growth over the 1-year period in the importance they placed on marriage while at the same time expecting to place less importance on their eventual marital role. Staying single and breaking up with a romantic partner were both related to decreases in marital salience, while cohabiting between data collections was associated with decreases in marital centrality. Finally, stronger marital salience at Time 1 was predictive of decreased binge drinking at Time 2, net of Time 1 assessments of such behavior. Such findings validate previous theoretical assumptions regarding marital beliefs.

Original Publication Citation

Brian J. Willoughby, Melissa Medaris, Spencer L. James, and Kyle Bartholomew. 2015. “Changes in Marital Beliefs among Emerging Adults: Examining Marital Paradigms over Time.” Emerging Adulthood 3:219-228.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2014-12-14

Publisher

Emerging Adulthood

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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