Marriage in the New Millennium: A Decade in Review


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    Institute for Behavioral Research, Boyd Center, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7419.

Family Institute, 225 Sandels Building, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1491 (


This review focuses on broad themes characterizing marital research in the past decade. In addition to continuing themes, such as a focus on conflict, violence, and impact on physical and mental health outcomes, we also address the impact of the Healthy Marriage Initiative on marital research and recent advances in methodology. We highlight an overarching theme that characterizes much of the literature: the importance of context in understanding marital outcomes and the impact of positive marital transactions and marital strengths. Given the increasing diversity of married couples, the attention given to context over the past decade has been timely and appropriate, providing an increasingly solid foundation for future research.