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Transitions From Sexual Relationships Into Cohabitation and Beyond

Overview of attention for article published in Demography, February 2018
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Transitions From Sexual Relationships Into Cohabitation and Beyond
Published in
Demography, February 2018
DOI 10.1007/s13524-018-0649-8
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Sharon Sassler, Katherine Michelmore, Zhenchao Qian


Much research on cohabitation has focused on transitions from cohabitation to marriage or dissolution, but less is known about how rapidly women progress into cohabitation, what factors are associated with the tempo to shared living, and whether the timing into cohabitation is associated with subsequent marital transitions. We use data from the 2006-2013 National Survey of Family Growth to answer these questions among women whose most recent sexual relationship began within 10 years of the interview. Life table results indicate that transitions into cohabitation are most common early in sexual relationships; nearly one-quarter of women had begun cohabiting within six months of becoming sexually involved. Multivariate analyses reveal important social class disparities in the timing to cohabitation. Not only are women from more-advantaged backgrounds significantly less likely to cohabit, but those who do cohabit enter shared living at significantly slower tempos than women whose mothers lacked a college degree. In addition, among sexual relationships that transitioned into cohabiting unions, college-educated women were significantly more likely to transition into marriage than less-educated women. Finally, although the tempo effect is only weakly significant, women who moved in within the first year of their sexual relationship demonstrated lower odds of marrying than did women who deferred cohabiting for over a year. Relationship processes are diverging by social class, contributing to inequality between more- and less-advantaged young adults.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 18 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 7 39%
Student > Bachelor 3 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 17%
Professor 2 11%
Researcher 2 11%
Other 1 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 8 44%
Psychology 5 28%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 3 17%
Computer Science 1 6%
Unspecified 1 6%
Other 0 0%

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