ERIC Number: EJ889792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
The Timing of Cohabitation and Engagement: Impact on First and Second Marriages
Stanley, Scott M.; Rhoades, Galena K.; Amato, Paul R.; Markman, Howard J.; Johnson, Christine A.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v72 n4 p906-918 Aug 2010
Using a multistate sample of marriages that took place in the 1990s, this study examined associations between premarital cohabitation history and marital quality in first (N = 437) and second marriages (N = 200) and marital instability in first marriages (intact N = 521, divorced N = 124). For first marriages, cohabiting with the spouse without first being engaged or married was associated with more negative interaction, higher self-reported divorce proneness, and a greater probability of divorce compared to cohabiting after engagement or marriage (with patterns in the same direction for marital positivity). In contrast, there was a general risk associated with premarital cohabitation for second marriages on self-reported indices of marital quality, with or without engagement when cohabitation began.
Descriptors: Divorce, Marital Instability, Marital Satisfaction, Marriage, Probability, Interpersonal Relationship, Risk
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