Change in the association between premarital cohabitation and separation, Australia 1945-2000

Hewitt, Belinda and De Vaus, David (2009) Change in the association between premarital cohabitation and separation, Australia 1945-2000. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71 2: 353-361.

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Author Hewitt, Belinda
De Vaus, David
Title Change in the association between premarital cohabitation and separation, Australia 1945-2000
Journal name Journal of Marriage and Family   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-2445
1741-3737
Publication date 2009-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00604.x
Volume 71
Issue 2
Start page 353
End page 361
Total pages 9
Editor David H Demo
Place of publication Menasha, Wisconsin
Publisher Blackwell
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 1607 Social Work
1608 Sociology
C1
Abstract We investigate change in the association between premarital cohabitation and the risk of separation. Using retrospective marriage history data from the first wave (2001) of the Household Income and Labor Dynamics in Australian survey, we examine 6,210 first marriages formed between 1945 and 2000. We find the association between premarital cohabitation and separation is changing. The increased risk of separation for cohabitors compared to noncohabitors diminishes each year for marriages before 1988. This association then reverses for marriages after 1988, where noncohabitors have an increased risk of separation. Our results indicate that, for more recent marriages, premarital cohabitation reduces the risk of separation; more research is needed to understand the underlying mechanisms for this reversal.
Keyword cohabitation
demography
event history analysis
family structure
marital separation/divorce
social change
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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