OnePlusOne responds to ONS data revealing changes to living arrangements and marital status since 2001

27 March 2014

Here’s a comment from us in response to the ONS stats released today re: how living arrangements and marital status have changed since 2001.

Penny Mansfield, director of relationship research charity OnePlusOne said:

“What this shows is that people are less inclined to get married, certainly in the younger age group, but if they are not married, it doesn’t mean that they are not in a relationship.
“We know that fewer people are getting married compared with 30 years ago. What they are doing in that time is that they are more likely to be going into education, working or  living with their parents as a knock-on effect of the housing market.
“It’s a very different picture compared with the 1970s and 1980s when getting into a serious long-term relationship or getting married represented a transition into adulthood.
“That’s no longer the case, so people put it off.
“We know that the benefits of being in a good quality relationship result in better mental and physical health and yet the interesting thing is that young people are more and more uncertain about making a commitment.
“There comes a point when people want a closer relationship and one of the effects of leaving it later is that it becomes more complicated and perhaps harder to find because there may be higher expectations.”

Here’s a link to the ONS findings:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/dcp171776_356002.pdf

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