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ERIC Number: EJ912540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 35
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0743-5584
The Role of Romantic Partners, Family, and Peer Networks in Dating Couples' Views about Cohabitation
Manning, Wendy D.; Cohen, Jessica A.; Smock, Pamela J.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v26 n1 p115-149 Jan 2011
Emerging adults are increasingly cohabiting, but few studies have considered the role of social context in the formation of their views of cohabitation. Drawing on 40 semistructured interviews with dating couples, we explored the role of romantic partners, family, and peers on evaluations of cohabitation. In couples where each member had a differing view about cohabitation, one romantic partner's desire to "not" cohabit trumped their partner's more ambivalent feelings about cohabitation.The influence of family in the formation of cohabitation views was evident through a variety of mechanisms, including parental advice, social modeling, religious values, and economic control. Peers also played a key role, with couples using the "vicarious trials" of their peer networks to judge how cohabitation would affect their own relationship. By using a couple perspective, assessing reports from both members of each couple, this study showcases how beliefs about cohabitation are formed within an intimate dyad. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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