Struggling working class ‘less likely to marry’

Family|News | 14 Aug 2013 1

People in manual blue collar jobs are now less likely to marry than wealthier people due to financial strains, a study has suggested.

Job insecurity and low wages mean many people in manual work feel they are struggling to meet their own needs and therefore cannot contemplate the commitment of marriage according to the research, based on interviews by researchers at Virginia and Harvard Universities.

Sarah Corse is a sociologist at the University of Virginia. She said: ‘Working-class people with insecure work and few resources, little stability and no ability to plan for a foreseeable future become concerned with their own survival and often become unable to imagine being able to provide materially and emotionally for others.”

She added:

“Insecure work changes peoples’ non-work lives. Marriage is becoming a distinctive social institution marking middle-class status.”

Her Harvard colleague Jennifer M Silva said people living in insecure environments had greater difficulty trusting potential partners.

“Marriage has lost its relevance as a marker of adulthood.”

People in middle class positions, by contrast, tend to have greater employment security and so are more likely to able to commit to marriage.

The researchers polled a representative sample of over 300 people in both blue collar and middle class jobs.

The blog team at Stowe is a group of writers who share their advice on the wellbeing and emotional aspects of divorce or separation from personal experience. Guest contributors also regularly contribute to share their knowledge.

Share This Post...

Get in touch

    Request Free Call Back

    We remain open for business during the COVID-19 outbreak. Submit your details below, and we’ll arrange a free, no-obligation call back at a time to suit you. To ensure we are the right fit, we need to make you aware that we cannot offer Legal aid.


    1. Tulsa Divorce Lawyer Matt Ingham says:

      Here in Tulsa, USA family law practicioners are seeing a rise in number of clients who cohabitated with their significant other and even built a family together with their significant other and yet they never legally consummated the matrimonial bonds.

      This trend seems to be particularly true amongst the younger generation of clients who are members of the working class.

    Leave a Reply


    Newsletter Sign Up

    For all the latest news from Stowe Family law
    please sign up for instant access today.

      Privacy Policy