Family Structure and Marriage in Sweden and the U.S.


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Family Structure and Marriage in Sweden and the U.S.
Over the course of the last several decades, marriage has become de-emphasized in Sweden (
, and
2). This means that fewer adults get married before cohabitating, or living one another, and fewer adults feel the need to marry to legitimate their relationships with one another. At the same time, because marriage is not very important as a cultural institution, it is not uncommon for children to be born out of wedlock and there are few psychological or social repercussions of the choice to have children in a heterosexual relationship between individuals who are not married. There is widespread family support – whether based in legal marriage or not – for...
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