10/08/2012 07:17 pm ET

Girls' Goals: Marriage No Longer A Priority For Young Women

A new survey of girls' attitudes by UK organization Girlguiding (similar to the Girl Scouts) released Monday found that marriage isn't as important to teens as it used to be.

The Girls’ Attitudes Survey, which polled approximately 1,200 girls and 600 boys ages seven to 21, found that female respondents were much more likely to define success as being confident and independent (56 percent) rather than being married (21 percent). In 2009, 56 percent of girls surveyed cited marriage as the thing they'd most like to achieve by age 30.

Interestingly, boys and girls indicated that they felt differently about marriage: 46 percent of girls agreed that marriage is the best form of a relationship, compared to 56 percent of boys. Furthermore, only 32 percent of girls thought that married couples made better parents, compared to 47 percent of the boys surveyed.

The report states, "Girls aged 11 to 21 are generally positive about marriage, although many are open-minded about whether this is the best or only option."

Chief Guide Gill Slocombe told BBC News: "Girls still value family and marriage but they clearly do not see this as the absolute definition of success."

View the survey's full data here.

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