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.

Partner Choice in Marriages and Cohabitations

Robert Schoen and Robin M. Weinick
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 55, No. 2 (May, 1993), pp. 408-414
DOI: 10.2307/352811
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/352811
Page Count: 7
  • Download ($15.00)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
Partner Choice in Marriages and Cohabitations
Preview not available

Abstract

Patterns of partner choice can illuminate the relationship between cohabitation and marriage. If cohabitations are "informal marriages," partner choice in cohabitations should resemble partner choice in marriages. However, if cohabitation is a distinct relationship, a "looser bond," then partner choice in cohabitations should give more emphasis to short-term and achieved characteristics (such as education) and less emphasis to long-term and ascribed characteristics (such as age, religion, and race). Data from the National Survey of Families and Households are used to examine partner choice in both cohabitations and marriages. The results support the "looser bond" view of cohabitation as a distinct type of relationship. Compared to recently married persons, cohabitors show both a greater propensity to choose a partner with the same education and a lesser propensity to choose a partner with the same age or religion.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
408
    408
  • Thumbnail: Page 
409
    409
  • Thumbnail: Page 
410
    410
  • Thumbnail: Page 
411
    411
  • Thumbnail: Page 
412
    412
  • Thumbnail: Page 
413
    413
  • Thumbnail: Page 
414
    414