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Sharon Jayson

Sharon Jayson is an author at Religion News Service.

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Hooking up to getting hitched: Yes, it can happen

By Sharon Jayson — August 19, 2014
(RNS) For nearly one-third of young marrieds who were part of a national study released Tuesday (Aug. 19), their relationship with their eventual spouse began as a hookup.

Baby makes 3: More unmarried new moms cohabiting

By Sharon Jayson — August 13, 2014
(RNS) Nearly three in five births to unmarried women across the United States were to women living with their partner -- marking the first time a majority of these births were to women in cohabiting relationships, according to a new analysis of federal data released Wednesday (Aug. 13).

Up ahead? Massive social change, experts say

By Sharon Jayson — February 27, 2014
(RNS) Experts say societal changes will accelerate on issues such as same-sex marriage, interracial marriage, legalization of marijuana and childbearing among the unwed. One reason? Younger people are more liberal and less conventional.

Abortion rate hits lowest level since 1973

By Sharon Jayson — February 3, 2014
(RNS) Researcher say the decline in both the abortion rate and the number of abortions was likely to do with the recession and increased use of contraception.

Remarriage rates plunge as divorced Americans have doubts

By Sharon Jayson — September 16, 2013
(RNS) Experts say the two biggest factors complicating remarriage are money and children – even if the kids are adults. "It's much, much harder than a first marriage," said David Olson, a retired professor at the University of Minnesota.

Cohabitation is lasting longer, becoming more common

By Sharon Jayson — April 8, 2013
(RNS) Unmarried couples who live together are staying together longer than in the past — and more of them are having children, according to new federal data that details just how cohabitation is transforming families across the U.S.
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