ERIC Number: EJ899731
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 49
The Reproductive Context of Cohabitation in the United States: Recent Change and Variation in Contraceptive Use
Sweeney, Megan M.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v72 n5 p1155-1170 Oct 2010
Drawing on data from 2 waves of the National Survey of Family Growth (N = 11,065), the current research addressed 2 overarching questions about the reproductive context of cohabitation in the United States. First, did patterns of contraceptive use among cohabitors change during the last 2 decades of the 20th century? Second, did patterns of contraceptive use among cohabiting women tend to vary by education or race/ethnicity? Results point to a growing resemblance between never-married cohabiting women and those in first marriages in the likelihood of using a "very effective" contraceptive method and suggest that cohabitation is most "marriage like" with respect to reproductive behavior among the least educated.
Descriptors: Females, Interpersonal Relationship, Pregnancy, Contraception, Family Structure, Racial Differences, Ethnicity, Marriage, Marital Status
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