CitationUecker, J. E. & Stokes, C. E. (2008). Early marriage in the United States. Journal of Marriage and Family. vol. 70 (4) pp. 835-846 , PMCID: PMC2841346
AbstractDespite drastic changes in the American family, a significant minority of Americans marry early. Using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (N= 14,165), this study evaluates the prevalence and antecedents of early marriage in the United States. The results indicate 25% of women and 16% of men marry before age 23, and early marriage varies widely across a number of characteristics. Individuals who marry earlier are more likely to be from disadvantaged families, from conservative Protestant or Mormon families, to value their religious faith more highly, to have a high-school diploma but a lower educational trajectory, and to cohabit before marriage. Scholars and policymakers interested in marriage should pay adequate attention to understanding and supporting these individuals’ marriages.
Reference TypeJournal Article
Journal TitleJournal of Marriage and Family
Author(s)Uecker, J. E.
Stokes, C. E.