Can This Marriage Be Saved? Yes (During the Recession)

The divorce rate drops during economic downturns

Friday, May 29, 2009

In times of trouble you want to keep your family close. That may explain why the divorce rate drops during an economic downturn. But the end result may not be so good. Andrew Cherlin is a professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the new book, The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today. He has been studying marriage and divorce trends since the Great Depression. He joins The Takeaway to explain why love may not conquer all. For more, read Cherlin's op-ed Married With Bankruptcy in today's New York Times.
"People are afraid to take a big step. That step could be getting a divorce, it could be getting a new car, it could be selling your house. People stay where they are. They're hesitant to move, they're hesitant to take big steps until things get better."
—Sociology professor Andrew Cherlin on postponing tough decisions due to the economy


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