Headlines about Millennials divorcing less splashed across the news outlets this past week. Phillip Cohen from University of Maryland recently published a study focusing on the noteworthy decline of divorce in the last decade. Shaunti and I were thrilled to read about this study and glad it has garnered so much media attention. Both of us have been keeping our eyes open for new research since collaborating together on The Good News About Marriage in 2014. This study indicates a big drop in the divorce rate and supports research we included in the book.
Cohen used the relatively newer American Community Survey (ACS) to study the divorce rate. This in itself is significant because the ACS is only ten-years old, so Shaunti and I were limited in what we could extrapolate from it four years ago. Cohen was able to investigate data from a full decade of surveys and discovered numerous results. Three findings in particular stand out to affirm this positive trend in marriage.