The Early Years of Marriage Project - EYM - is the longest running
longitudinal study of marriage and divorce.
About The Early Years of Marriage Project
In 1986, we began the Early Years of Marriage Study (EYM) at the University of Michigan's
Survey Research Center. We interviewed people in the Detroit Metropolitan Area in the first
year of marriage, and in many cases, in subsequent years as well. We just finished our 26th
year of the project. We have long-term information on over 740 individuals! The respondents
in our study are White American and Black American individuals who all married in the Detroit Metropolitan area. This study has become one of the most important surveys on
marriage, divorce, repartnering and family life. We continue to analyze the information we
have collected in previous interviews, while at the same time plan for future interviews.