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Journal Article

Sexual Exclusivity among Dating, Cohabiting, and Married Women

Renata Forste and Koray Tanfer
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 58, No. 1 (Feb., 1996), pp. 33-47
DOI: 10.2307/353375
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353375
Page Count: 15
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Sexual Exclusivity among Dating, Cohabiting, and Married Women
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Abstract

Using sexual exclusivity as an indication of commitment to a partner, we examine commitment within dating, cohabitation, and marriage. Employing data from the National Survey of Women (1991), we find that cohabitation, in terms of sexual commitment, is more similar to dating than marriage, and that cohabitation, relative to marriage is selective of less committed individuals. In addition, limiting our analyses to currently married women, we find that the characteristics emphasized in partner selection by those who cohabit before marriage differ from the characteristics emphasized by those who do not cohabit before marriage, and that these characteristics influence sexual exclusivity among prior cohabitors.

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