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The Relationship of Cohabitation and Mental Health: A Study of a Young Adult Cohort
Allan V. Horwitz and Helene Raskin White
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 60, No. 2 (May, 1998), pp. 505-514
Published by: National Council on Family Relations
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/353865
Page Count: 10
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Despite the growing importance of and interest in cohabitation as a living arrangement, little is known about the relationship between cohabitation and mental health. This research tests how the mental health of cohabitors compares with that of unmarried and of married persons. It uses a cohort of unmarried young adults who were sampled when they were 18, 21, or 24 years old and resampled 7 years later when they were 25, 28, or 31 years old. We compare the mental health of cohabitors with the unmarried and married after controlling for premarital levels of mental health and conventionality. The results of multivariate analyses indicate no differences between cohabitors and others in levels of depression. Cohabiting men, however, report significantly more alcohol problems than both married and single men, and cohabiting women report more alcohol problems than married women. In general, the results indicate that cohabitation is unrelated to depression but is associated with alcohol problems for men.
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