ACSPRI Conferences, ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2018

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Marriage and Happiness: changing Australian attitudes to marriage

Ann Evans, Edith Gray

Building: Holme Building
Room: Cullen Room
Date: 2018-12-13 03:30 PM – 05:00 PM
Last modified: 2018-11-27


Marriage remains a central institution in Australian society with most Australians still ‘tying the knot’. However, there have been many recent changes in how and when people marry. In this paper we examine three key attitudes about marriage. First, we look at whether Australians believe that people in a marriage are happier than their unmarried peers. Second, we look at opinions about childbearing outside of marriage. Third, we investigate to what extent Australians consider marriage to be an outdated institution. We conclude with some observations about the future of marriage.