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However, those who have been reading the media stories carefully may well have gotten the message in answer B. Answer C is close to what I’d say is a correct answer if I’d asked you what the research shows about cohabiting prior to marriage—but that is not the question that I asked. If you know a lot of research on cohabitation, you might have picked answer C. I think most people absorbing some aspect of these stories (and all those like them) would have gotten the message that there are no risks to cohabiting. Given that, why wouldn’t moving in together at a young age also be a problem? Both relationship transitions (cohabitation or marriage) result in increased constraints on your options in life; I and my colleague Galena Rhoades have been arguing for a while now that it’s important to be making careful decisions when one is about to go through a transition, like cohabitation, that restricts future options. Before I go further, I should note that social scientists do not have any control over headlines and have little control over the content of stories on their work. Premarital cohabitation and marital dissolution: An examination of recent marriages. For example, with poverty, one will have additional pressures to cohabit in situations where it may be extra risky. Timing is everything: Pre-engagement cohabitation and increased risk for poor marital outcomes. I refer you to the thoughtful comments in the later part of the Live Science story; the research by Sharon Sassler is quite thoughtful on such issues. Journal of Family Psychology, 18, 311-318.; Rhoades, G.
“Cohabitation does not cause divorce — yay,” Kuperberg told Live Science, adding the exclamation because about two-thirds of new marriages in the United States start with cohabitation. When she controls for the age people were when they moved in with their partners, the association between cohabiting prior to marriage and divorce gets weaker than it otherwise seems to be. And what parent does not love to hear about the latest in social science findings from their children? Which message below do you think is the closest to what the average person took away from these headlines and stories? There is no risk to living with someone before you marry. There is no added risk for divorce in a marriage if you lived with your future mate before marrying. People who only ever cohabited with the person they marry, after having mutually clarified plans for marriage, are at no greater risk for divorce or lower marital happiness than those who wait until marriage to live together. If you are paying close attention to the headlines, you may have picked answer B. I will give you half credit if you did; but only half credit because I think answer A is the best answer to the question I asked. You can tell in some media reports that what Kuperberg was suggesting from her study was nuanced, but that does not mean that the average consumer of such headlines and stories understood a nuanced story or how cohabitation could be associated with potential risks for her or him. The timing of cohabitation and engagement: Impact on first and second marriages. So, what’s the problem if someone did assume from the media that there is no risk for cohabiting prior to marriage, in a pretty general, non-nuanced way? Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 906-918.; Manning, W.
That is as technical as I am going to get in this piece. Historical trends in the marital intentions of one-time and serial cohabitors. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12083 viii Jayson, Shannon, “Cohabiting women having more babies,” USA Today, July 24, 2012; see also this document from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.