PRB Topic Feed: Marriage/ Family/Topics/MarriageFamily.aspx Studies Document Mass Incarceration’s Toll on FamiliesNew studies add to the growing body of research on the toll U.S. mass incarceration is taking on prisoner’s children and families. Three recent articles in the journal Demography document the spillover effects of the prison boom on family poverty, couples’ relationship stability, and child well-being. 03/09/2017/Publications/Articles/2017/Mass-Incarcerations-Toll-on-Families.aspx85393baa-79cd-49a1-828e-13fd3e33bb55Shotgun Weddings a Sign of the Times in JapanIncreasingly, young Japanese women are dispensing with tradition and getting married after getting pregnant.07/26/2002/Publications/Articles/2002/ShotgunWeddingsaSignoftheTimesinJapan.aspxc0bf6835-11de-494c-a034-357e7dd74f5bThe Effect of Reproductive Health Improvements on Women's Economic EmpowermentWomen’s access to employment, business opportunities, and financial resources are widely seen as critical to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) over the next 15 years. This report reviews the Population and Poverty (PopPov) Research Network’s most rigorous results from the past 10 years with attention to the effect of reproductive health improvements on women’s economic empowerment. 09/06/2017/Publications/Reports/2017/Womens-Economic-Empowerment.aspx0a194fee-f977-4be3-b2cd-9b1f4d4f1ec4Expanding Contraceptive Method Choice for Successful Family Planning ProgramsSuccessful family planning programs listen to the different needs of clients and respond with strategies that expand informed, voluntary contraceptive choice: offering a range of affordable contraceptive methods; providing client-centered, comprehensive counseling; employing a variety of service delivery approaches; and ensuring continuous supplies of contraceptive commodities. Expanding individuals’ contraceptive choices supports increased and continuous contraceptive use, enabling more women and couples to realize their ambitions for themselves and their families and helping communities and nations achieve their development goals. This web feature and accompanying brief explore the rationale for expanding contraceptive choice.09/22/2017/Publications/Reports/2017/Method-Choice-for-Successful-Family-Planning-Programs.aspxcead812d-3a08-4fb0-81c2-aaa267b8ca3eFamily Planning Enhances Development ProspectsSub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is poised to emerge as an important global player, registering impressive economic growth averaging 4.7 percent annually over the last two decades. However, it scores lowest among major world regions in key factors of economic competitiveness and faces growing environmental challenges that inhibit both economic and human development. More than one-third of people living in SSA have no access to improved drinking water, a problem that disproportionately affects women, girls, and those living in rural areas.08/10/2017/Publications/Reports/2017/Family-Planning-Can-Enhance-Development-Prospects.aspxcb414c6f-e551-4ca6-9138-81b2393dc7f8Domestic Violence in Developing Countries: An Intergenerational CrisisA comparative study using nationally representative information on domestic violence in nine developing countries finds that women whose fathers abused their mothers are twice as likely to suffer domestic abuse themselves.09/14/2004/Publications/Articles/2004/DomesticViolenceinDevelopingCountriesAnIntergenerationalCrisis.aspxfc0b7f8d-fedc-4d30-af43-1cb30050cfcbIncreased Cohabitation Changing Children's Family SettingsResearchers estimate that about 40 percent of U.S. children will spend some time in a cohabiting family before their 16th birthday.10/01/2002/Publications/Articles/2002/IncreasedCohabitationChangingChildrensFamilySettings.aspxfc64d45b-cd6a-4480-aedb-40446a66de78In U.S., Proportion Married at Lowest Recorded LevelsMarriage rates have dropped precipitously among young adults during the past decade, and the decline has accelerated since the onset of the recession. The data suggest that more young couples are delaying marriage or foregoing matrimony altogether, likely as an adaptive response. 09/28/2010/Publications/Articles/2010/usmarriagedecline.aspxf94d84ce-d841-497c-a76e-6f6104c8960dAmerica's Military PopulationSince 1973, when the draft ended and the U.S. military became an all-volunteer force, the military has increasingly reflected the country's diversity. But it still struggles with aspects of that diversity as well as the needs of military families, according to a PRB Population Bulletin.02/01/2005/Publications/Articles/2005/AmericasMilitaryPopulation.aspxf82ea423-6b50-4c94-98c3-4990bf9f0166Time With Parents Key for Adolescents The more time mothers spent engaged in activities with their adolescent children, the less teens were involved in delinquent behavior, according to a study in the most recent issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family.04/24/2015/Publications/Articles/2015/parental-time.aspxf6d5cbcc-6368-444e-9071-92456cace691