The second half of 20-th century gave us the Second Demographic Transition. This phenomenon was marked with great personal emancipation in the area of sexual, matrimonial and reproguctive behaviour. The traditional social standards have lost their enormous impact on human life. In this article we consider the trends in marriage and partnership as a logical consequence of demographic modernization of society.
The article analyzes impact of age on social status using ISSP (International Social Survey Programme) data. Among the factors that determine a person's position in society, age plays a discriminatory role. This is the central tendency, but there exist circumstances, damping the negative effects. Developed societies have learned to create conditions for successful aging, providing opportunity to keep health and efficiency to the oldest ages. At the same time, there is a group of countries, including Russia, whose population meet old age not protected neither in terms of health nor in terms of material circumstances. In such societies every passing year reduces self-assessments, including the evaluation of position on the social ladder. Living in such a society is perceived not as an achievement, but as the loss - waste of youth expectations and estimates.