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Faculty Mentor

Patricia Ahmed

Abstract

In this study, I cross-tabulated findings with both age and gender to see if attitudes towards marriage, such as when marriage should occur, what roles children play in the marriage, and the significance of marriage in society, were changing from one generation to the next and if men and women were affected equally by this change using data from an online survey that I conducted (n=128). The research revealed that attitudes are shifting slowly regarding marriage and the place of children in marriage. The change is most pronounced in what we see as the function of marriage, the acceptance of cohabitation, and the rise and acceptance of single parenting.

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