Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

The Subjective Well-Being of the Previously Married: The Importance of Unmarried Cohabitation and Time Since Widowhood or Divorce

Arne Mastekaasa
Social Forces
Vol. 73, No. 2 (Dec., 1994), pp. 665-692
Published by: Oxford University Press
DOI: 10.2307/2579825
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2579825
Page Count: 28
  • Download ($42.00)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
The Subjective Well-Being of the Previously Married: The Importance of Unmarried Cohabitation and Time Since Widowhood or Divorce
Preview not available

Abstract

This article examines cohabitation among the unmarried, which is very common, particularly among the divorced. Unmarried cohabitation is in most cases associated with a substantially higher level of subjective well-being, but the importance of cohabitation depends on the time since the termination of the marriage. There is a substantial short-term negative effect of becoming widowed, but little or no long-term effect. The negative effect of divorce seems to be stable over time, but this could be a result of differential selection for remarriage. For those who have established a new relationship of cohabitation during the first year after the marital separation, the separation seems to be a positive event. In contrast, the separated who live alone during the first year report very low levels of well-being.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
[665]
    [665]
  • Thumbnail: Page 
666
    666
  • Thumbnail: Page 
667
    667
  • Thumbnail: Page 
668
    668
  • Thumbnail: Page 
669
    669
  • Thumbnail: Page 
670
    670
  • Thumbnail: Page 
671
    671
  • Thumbnail: Page 
672
    672
  • Thumbnail: Page 
673
    673
  • Thumbnail: Page 
674
    674
  • Thumbnail: Page 
675
    675
  • Thumbnail: Page 
676
    676
  • Thumbnail: Page 
677
    677
  • Thumbnail: Page 
678
    678
  • Thumbnail: Page 
679
    679
  • Thumbnail: Page 
680
    680
  • Thumbnail: Page 
681
    681
  • Thumbnail: Page 
682
    682
  • Thumbnail: Page 
683
    683
  • Thumbnail: Page 
684
    684
  • Thumbnail: Page 
685
    685
  • Thumbnail: Page 
686
    686
  • Thumbnail: Page 
687
    687
  • Thumbnail: Page 
688
    688
  • Thumbnail: Page 
689
    689
  • Thumbnail: Page 
690
    690
  • Thumbnail: Page 
691
    691
  • Thumbnail: Page 
692
    692