The cohabitation conundrum

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The marked increase in premarital cohabitation over the last 50 years in the US is part of a constellation of interrelated changes in family demography along with increased divorce rates, declining rates of marriage, increased age at first marriage, and extramarital childbearing (Bramlett & Mosher, 2002; Kreider, 2005). The children who experienced the surge in divorces among their parents were more likely to cohabit with a romantic partner when they became young adults (Sassler, Cunningham, & Lichter, 2009; Thornton, 1991). As the proportion of unmarried partners living together increased, so has the proportion of children who are born to and live with unmarried partners (Bumpass & Lu, 2000; Kennedy & Bumpass, 2008). In turn, children who live with a cohabiting parent may be more likely to cohabit when they become young adults (Sassler et al., 2009). Thus, in just a few generations, cohabitation has become integral to contemporary romantic relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Family Theories
Subtitle of host publicationA Content-Based Approach
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781135118754
ISBN (Print)9780415879453
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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