This tip sheet will provide guidance on 1) what a partner referral organization is, 2) why partner referral organizations are important, and 3) what you should look for in selecting partner referral organizations. (Author abstract)
This brief describes how depression can negatively affect both partners in a marriage, offers statistics on the incidence of depression, and discusses different types of depression. Common signs of depression in men and in women are identified, and possible reasons for depression are explained. Finally, treatment options are reviewed. 7 references.
Many couples in the United States are choosing to live together before marriage. Young people in particular, seem to believe that living together first is a good idea. Research shows, however, that couples who live together before getting married: Have a higher divorce rate; Tend to be less happy in their marriages; Have more trouble communicating. This is especially true for couples who live together before plans are made to marry.
The high proportion of children born outside marriage -- 37 percent in 2005 -- has raised concern among policymakers about the quality and stability of unmarried parents' relationships. In response, the federal government's Healthy Marriage Initiative provides funding to programs aimed at strengthening the bonds between unmarried parents through activities such as relationship counseling and building communication skills. The initiative also provides funding for "responsible fatherhood programs" that provide counseling and mentoring on topics such as good parenting practices.
This fact sheet outlines how TANF funds can be used to fund programs that develop and maintain healthy marriages/families. (Author abstract)
Starting a conversation with another parent can sometimes be a little intimidating. Dads can feel a little awkward in starting or carrying on a parenting conversation, particularly if they don't know the other person in that conversation well (or at all). This fact sheet offers tips on connecting with other parents including finding other dads with similar interests, the best ways to initiate contact, as well as what kinds of conversations to have with women with children. (Author abstract modified)
American attitudes toward marriage have undergone changes in recent years, with shifts toward an increased acceptance of nontraditional family forms. Data show that Americans are developing increasingly favorable attitudes toward nontraditional family structures, such as cohabitation. While most American adolescents express positive attitudes toward marriage and a desire to become married themselves, more and more are accepting of nontraditional marital activities such as cohabitation and premarital sex. Rates of cohabitation are on the rise among American couples. These nontraditional…
While the vast majority of contemporary Americans eventually marry, their age at marriage matters. Early marriage is associated with an increased risk of marital dissolution compared with marriages that occur to older individuals. However, only a minority of Americans now marries in their teens or early twenties. Researchers have also found that individuals who have never married report lower overall levels of well-being compared with those who are married, although the exact reasons for this are unclear. (Author abstract)
Researchers estimate that in any given one-year period in the United States, depressive illnesses affect nearly 7 percent of men (more than six million men). In addition to gender differences in the incidence of depression, the incidence varies by race/ethnicity, educational level, socioeconomic status, and marital status. Not only does depression have negative effects for fathers, but also for partners or spouses, and it can also negatively affect behavioral, emotional, and academic outcomes for children. This document addresses the importance and implications of depression on fathers and…
This book is designed for parents who might be facing significant challenges in their marriage, and for those who might be contemplating separation or divorce. The book highlights ideas about marriage and divorce, of which all parents should be aware, before making the final step towards divorce. This information is from various sources including the author's own professional thoughts and his experiences while counseling those who have separated or divorced. (Author abstract)