Institute for Behavioral Research, Boyd Center, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7419.
Marriage in the New Millennium: A Decade in Review
Article first published online: 18 JUN 2010
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2010
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 72, Issue 3, pages 630–649, June 2010
How to Cite
Fincham, F. D. and Beach, S. R. H. (2010), Marriage in the New Millennium: A Decade in Review. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 630–649. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00722.x
- Issue published online: 18 JUN 2010
- Article first published online: 18 JUN 2010
- dyadic data;
- family diversity;
- family policy;
- marital conflict;
- marital satisfaction;
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.