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October 1987Commitment and the Modern Union: Assessing the Link Between Premarital Cohabitation and Subsequent Marital Stability
with Neil G. Bennett, David E. Bloom: w2416
In recent years, the incidence of premarital cohabitation has increased dramatically in many countries of Western Europe and in the United States. As cohabitation becomes a more common experience, it is increasingly important to understand the links between cohabitation and other steps in the process of family formation and dissolution. We focus on the relationship between pre- marital cohabitation and subsequent marital stability, and analyze data from the 1981 Women in Sweden survey using a hazards model approach. Our results indicate that women who premaritally cohabit have almost 80 percent higher marital dissolution rates than those who do not cohabit. Women who cohabit for over three years prior to marriage have over 50 percent higher dissolution rates than women who cohabit for shor...

Published: American Sociological Review, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 127-138, February 1988.

 
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