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ERIC Number: EJ899739
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Selection, Alignment, and Their Interplay: Origins of Lifestyle Homogamy in Couple Relationships
Becker, Oliver Arranz; Lois, Daniel
Journal of Marriage and Family, v72 n5 p1234-1248 Oct 2010
The present study examines different processes leading to lifestyle homogamy in married and cohabiting couples using data from the German Socioeconomic Panel (n = 3,490 couples). The analyses first suggest that alignment over time promotes homogamy of leisure-related lifestyles, especially with respect to action-oriented activities. However, intermediate stages in the life course (i.e., phases of active parenting and labor force participation) tend to inhibit alignment, whereas cues indicating a high-quality match (e.g., educational homogamy and being in a long-term or a marital relationship) promote alignment. Second, we find evidence for selection effects in that not only homogamy but also convergence of lifestyles over time may increase couples' resilience to relationship breakup.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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