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Premarital Cohabitation and Subsequent Marital Stability in the United States: A Reassessment

Alfred DeMaris and K. Vaninadha Rao
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 54, No. 1 (Feb., 1992), pp. 178-190
DOI: 10.2307/353285
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353285
Page Count: 13
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Premarital Cohabitation and Subsequent Marital Stability in the United States: A Reassessment
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Abstract

Data from a handful of studies suggest that at any given marital duration, premarital cohabitors have a higher risk of ending the first marriage. A recent study of the 1972 high school senior cohort suggests that this difference can be explained in the United States by the greater time cohabitors have spent in a union. This hypothesis was reinvestigated with a more broadly representative sample of the population. Consistent with results for Sweden, we found that cohabitation in the United States is associated with a greater hazard of dissolution even after counting the time spent in unmarried cohabitation as part of marital duration.

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