A Study On Premarital Cohabitation

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Premarital Cohabitation In the late 1980s, only 44% of women cohabited before their first marriage. 67% of women have cohabited before their first marriage since 2000 (Manning & Cohen, 2012). Premarital cohabitation has become the majority experience in the United States (Tach & Halpern-Meekin, 2009; Teachman, 2003). Although cohabitation has become the majority experience, premarital cohabitation is still associated with “poorer marital communication quality, lower marital satisfaction, higher levels of domestic violence, and greater probability of divorce in U.S. samples” (Cohan & Kleinbaum, 2002; Stanley, Rhoades, & Markman, 2006). In a study completed by Cohan & Kleinbaum (2002), researchers found that the couples who did not premarital cohabitate had more positive problem solving skills and more positive help seeking methods than couples who did cohabitate before marriage. Despite the negative consequences, there are still many reasons young couples are choosing to cohabitate. Researchers have found that young couples cohabitate before marriage in order to test their relationship and attempt to “divorce-proof” their marriages (Manning & Cohen, 2012). Oppenheimer (1988) argued “facilitates the kind of interaction that increases the knowledge of oneself and of a potential marriage partner and of the kind of mutual adaptations that are so essential to a stable relationship” (p. 583) (Manning & Cohen, 2012). The sharing of living expenses was ranked second among important
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