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Scott Stanley – Sliding vs. Deciding: How Life Before “I Do” Impacts Lasting Love

From changes in sexual practices to the disconnection of marriage from child-bearing to living together before (or instead of) marriage, patterns of family formation have changed dramatically within a brief moment of history. Dr. Stanley explores how the new paradigm of sliding through relationship transitions decreases the chances for lasting love and commitment in marriage and family.

Dr. Scott Stanley is a research professor and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver.  He has published extensively, with core research interests including relationship commitment, couple development, and the prevention of marital distress. His recent research has focused on how premarital experiences relate to the quality and stability of marriages. Stanley has authored numerous books including A Lasting Promise, Fighting for Your Marriage, and The Power of Commitment. He writes a popular blog ( and contributes in-depth pieces to the blog of The Institute for Family Studies, where he is a senior fellow.

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