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The Stability of Cohabitation Relationships: The Role of Children

Zheng Wu
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 57, No. 1 (Feb., 1995), pp. 231-236
DOI: 10.2307/353831
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353831
Page Count: 6
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The Stability of Cohabitation Relationships: The Role of Children
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Abstract

Our review of the existing evidence on the effects of children on marital stability led us to propose that the presence of children in a cohabitation relationship is very likely to inhibit the cohabiting couple from terminating their relationship. Using event history data from the 1990 Family and Friends Survey on 3,015 cohabitation relationships, we found that while the presence of children has a strong and positive impact on stabilizing cohabitation relationships, characteristics of children such as their number, sex, and age appear to have no significant effect. The implications of these results are discussed.

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