e job loss death of a child etc Must cope effectively if not may break up

E job loss death of a child etc must cope effectively

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What is it? Who does it? Why do they do it?
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“Easy out” [compared to marriage] o Four types Just part of dating/practical Try things out Transition to marriage; Made explicit before cohabitation occurs. Don’t believe in the institution of marriage (i.e. homosexuals) How does it influence relationship outcomes? Why? o Relationship outcomes Premarital cohabitation is associated with: Increased risk for divorce, especially: Serial monogamists- People who have only cohabited with one individual. Non-Hispanic, white women Worse marital communication quality Lower satisfaction Increased perception of marital instability Increased likelihood of domestic violence Correlational evidence on this is highly debated; No causal connection. o Explanations for outcomes Experience; AKA “Cohabitation Effect” The experience of cohabitation CAUSES the changes of marital success to decline. Selection Effect
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People who cohabit are fundamentally different than those who choose not to cohabit. People who cohabit are more likely to come from divorced families, thereby making them more likely to divorce themselves. Low income/SES Tend to be less religious, therefore making divorce more acceptable. Inertia Effect Some couples who would otherwise not have married end up marrying anyway. ° ° Interdependence Theory – What are the three major components that define relationship dependence and satisfaction? Know how these three components interact with one another. The way interacting individuals influence the experiences of each other via their behaviors. o Measured by researchers via the use of “I” vs. “we” or “our” in describing one’s relationship; The more “we” Greater interdependence, and vice versa.
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