Nonmarital Living Arrangements – Chapter 8

Nonmarital Living Arrangements – Chapter 8...

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Nonmarital Living Arrangements – Chapter 8 Single: unmarried, divorced, widowed Numbers are increasing. Why? more widows, more divorce, younger people marry late, increased cohabitation, decline sex ratio (97 men to 100 women today), birth control, women more educated, cultural idea of “emerging adulthood”, more socially acceptable/people more autonomous, other ways to gain adulthood, marriage less permanent Three groups Living alone: 28% of US households in 2008 v. 8% in 1940 Increases with age, women more likely to Living alone together- variation of living alone where a couple is in a long term relationship but each partner maintains a separate dwelling Living with parents: 2008 more than ½ of young adults (18-24) lived w/ parents due to economics, in-school, and transition stage young men more likely to do so Cohabitation: 6.8 million heterosexual couples do so right now; 777,000 same- sex (51% male) Reasons for cohabitation o Finances, alternative to dating, alternative to marriage, marriage trial, spend more time together o Relationship quality of long term cohabiting couples is similar to marrieds o Older cohabiters do so for financial security and to keep
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course FSW 261 taught by Professor Newlin during the Fall '08 term at Miami University.

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