National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families

Publication Year: 2001
Whitehead, Barbara Dafoe, Popenoe, David
Corporate Author: The National Marriage Project

Technical Report

Who Wants to Marry a Soul Mate? [Download PDF] The third edition highlights the results of a 2001 poll examining attitudes about dating and marriage among Americans in their 20s. Key Findings: Young adults today are searching for a deep emotional and spiritual connection with one person for life. At the same time, the bases for marriage as a religious, economic or parental partnership are receding in importance for many men and women in their twenties. Taken together, the survey findings present a portrait of marriage as emotionally deep and socially shallow. (Author abstract)