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October 15, 2007
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Drs. Susan Brown (left) and Wendy Manning are co-directors of the new National Center for Marriage Research.

Drs. Susan Brown (left) and Wendy Manning are co-directors of the new National Center for Marriage Research.

National Center for Marriage Research to be established at BGSU

American men aren’t getting married until age 27 and women are waiting until they’re 25. Those average ages are historic highs, having risen steadily since the 1950s.

At the same time, the percentage of U.S. children born out of wedlock has reached 38 percent, and more than 40 percent of those children are born to cohabiting couples.

What do these kinds of “dramatic shifts in patterns of marriage and childbearing,” as the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) calls them, mean for adults, children and families? The department aims to find out through the formation of a new National Center for Marriage Research at BGSU, directed by Drs. Wendy Manning and Susan Brown, sociology.

Federal funding for the center is $4.35 million over five years. BGSU is contributing the balance of the $5.5 million budget for the project, which is modeled on the National Poverty Research Center supported by HHS for nearly 40 years.
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