Millennials, Parenthood and Marriage

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FSW 261 Section B Diane Ruther-Vierling Millennials, Parenthood and Marriage February 23, 2012 “A 2010 Pew Research survey found that 52% of Millennials say being a good parent is ‘one of the most important things’ in life. Just 30% say the same about having a successful marriage- meaning there is a 22 percentage point gap in the way Millennials value parenthood over marriage. When this same question was posed to 18- to 29-year-olds in 1997, the gap was just 7 percentage points. Back then, 42% of the members of what is known as Generation X said being a good parent was one of the most important things in life, while 35% said the same about having a successful marriage.” Millennials don’t seem as concerned with raising a child as a single parent or with unwed parents compared to other older generations. More and more parents seem to have all different
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Unformatted text preview: types of circumstances revolving around their life, making parents just have to deal with their set of resources. Millennials are more likely than older generations to say that it is easier for a single person to get ahead in a career and have social status, but their assessments are similar to those of older generations in such areas as being financially secure, raising a family and finding happiness. In todays economy, I think both men and women are more concerned with finding and keeping a steady job to stay financially secure as an individual before they are worried about having a child to support. Increased technology and increased communication in todays world creates a lifestyle for Millennials to value social status much more than many other previous generations....
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