The relationships between emerging adults' expressed desire to marry and frequency of participation in risk-taking behaviors

Brian J. Willoughby, Jodi Dworkin

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Abstract

The impact that desire to marry has on risk-taking behaviors during emerging adulthood is examined in the current investigation using nationally representative data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Looking both at the simple relationships between desire to marry and risk-taking behaviors, as well as the possible predictive power desire to marry could have on binge drinking, marijuana use, and sexual behaviors, data revealed that attitudes toward marriage may be an important component of emerging adulthood and risk-taking research. Results indicate that desire to marry was predictive of several risk-taking behaviors for both men and women even after controlling for other known predictors of risk-taking. Implications for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)426-450
Number of pages25
JournalYouth and Society
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

Keywords

  • Emerging adulthood
  • Marriage
  • Risk-taking

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