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First Unions and the Stability of First Marriages

Robert Schoen
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 54, No. 2 (May, 1992), pp. 281-284
DOI: 10.2307/353059
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353059
Page Count: 4
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First Unions and the Stability of First Marriages
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Abstract

The National Survey of Families and Households is used to examine the relationship between premarital cohabitation and marital instability among U.S. women born between 1928 and 1957. As previously observed, cohabitation is generally associated with higher risks of marital dissolution. However, that differential is much smaller (or reversed) in recent cohorts where cohabitation is more common. The association between cohabitation and marital dissolution observed in earlier cohorts may reflect the select nature of those who cohabited, and may largely disappear as cohabitation becomes more common.

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