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ERIC Number: ED092831
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 12
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Commitment and Cohabitation Cohesion.
Montgomery, Jason
Because cohabitation generally begins casually with no explicit understanding and because there are few outside pressures holding the couple together, it would seem that this type of living arrangement would be characterized by brevity; this is not the case. Since cohabitation arrangements are generally not brief but long lasting, their investigation should help clarify the nature of the cohesion of couples, whether cohabiting or married. It was found that couples advanced along a hierarchy of commitment, in which each step was evidence of a given level of commitment and in time lost its potency as commitment evidence as the relationship became more intense and additional evidence was sought. Cohabitants had to decide if they would be sexually exclusive and thereby give evidence of commitment or if they should be nonexclusive so as to realize growth through sexual expression. Generally, their resolution was to give lip service to sexual nonexclusivity but to practice self-restricted sexual exclusivity. In this way, sexual exclusivity was added to the means available for proving commitment, and the cohabitants could still see themselves as sexually free. Shortlived cohabitant relationships were impermanent because expected commitment evidence was not forthcoming, and it became apparent to one of the cohabitants that the partner was holding back. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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