Teens’ Attitudes Toward Marriage Vary Widely Across Oklahoma

by Kelly Roberts, Daniel Hubler, and Kate Kirk

Emerging adults, approximately ages 18 to 25, navigate a large number of transitions in a small number of years. Policymakers focus on this population as these young people are setting out a life course that can make or break their economic futures individually and society’s future collectively. Ron Haskins and Isabel Sawhill (2009) note that emerging adults increase their chances for economic and general life success by completing milestones in the following order: (1) graduate from high school, (2) maintain a full-time job or have a partner who does; and (3) have children while married and after age 21, should they choose to become parents.

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