Chapter 8 \u2013 Marriage and Cohabitation Cont 3-1-16 - Chapter 8 Marriage and Cohabitation Cont Cohabitation living together as a sexual or romantic

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Chapter 8 – Marriage and Cohabitation Cont. Cohabitation: living together as a sexual or romantic couple without being married Marriage has become more and more select, people still want to be together so they cohabit Marriage declining and cohabitation inclining Figure 8.7 – percentage of women ages 19-44 who have ever cohabitated by education (1987-2007) o Cohabitation has increased for everyone – a lot less select o A lot less variety in why people cohabit Figure 8.8 – Relationship status 1,3, and 5 years from the start of a first cohabitation o Don’t really ever last o After 3 years either end in marriage or dissolution 1. Cohabitation – before marriage o Most common form of cohabitation o Seen as acceptable stage in relationship process – a chance to practice marriage o Some couples may have plans to marry but never reach the economic goals they’ve set for marriage If you cohabit before marriage you are at a greater risk for divorce – but recent data is showing that this isn’t true 2. Cohabitation – instead of marriage o Most common among economically disadvantaged couples o Couples have various reasons for choosing cohabitation over marriage One partner wants to marry and the other doesn’t – so they compromise and cohabit Until recently same sex couples fell into this If there are educational or racial/ ethnic differences between partners 3. Cohabitation – after marriage o Among older adults, cohabitation is becoming more common among those who have been widowed or divorced o Less about testing viability of relationship before marriage and more about finding long-term substitute for marriage ‘Maybe marriage isn’t necessary’ Long term substitute for marriage The Benefits of Marriage Some research indicates that individuals who are married are happier, healthier and have more wealth (obviously there are two incomes) that those who are not married o Selection
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