The State of Our Unions 2011: When Baby Makes Three

By W. Bradford Wilcox and Elizabeth Marquardt, Co-Investigators

The State of Our Unions 2011: When Baby Makes Three takes a look at men and women — with and without children — to determine how parenthood is linked to the emotional welfare of adults of childbearing age. This study identifies the key cultural and social factors that make the transition to parenthood successful. At a time when many media reports and academic studies stress the difficulties of combining marriage and parenthood, When Baby Makes Three presents scholarly evidence and analysis on how to combine them successfully. Issued by the Institute for American Values.

W. Bradford Wilcox is director of the National Marriage Project and associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. He is the author of Soft Patriarchs, New Men: How Christianity Shapes Fathers and HusbandsElizabeth Marquardt is the director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values, and author of Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce.