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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
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353375
Page Count: 15
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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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