11. Cohabitation

Recent Research and Implications

  1. Judith Treas,
  2. Jacqueline Scott and
  3. Martin Richards
  1. Rhiannon A. Kroeger and
  2. Pamela J. Smock

Published Online: 21 MAR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118374085.ch11

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families

The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families

How to Cite

Kroeger, R. A. and Smock, P. J. (2014) Cohabitation, in The Wiley Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Families (eds J. Treas, J. Scott and M. Richards), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118374085.ch11

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 MAR 2014
  2. Published Print: 26 MAR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470673539

Online ISBN: 9781118374085

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Keywords:

  • cohabitation;
  • family change;
  • family structure;
  • marriage;
  • children;
  • child well-being

Summary

Cohabitation, or living together in an intimate sexual relationship outside of marriage, has become normative across many world regions. This chapter reviews and evaluates knowledge on heterosexual cohabitation, with an emphasis on recent research in the United States. In this chapter, we first review basic trends and patterns regarding cohabitation in the United States, followed by a discussion of cohabitation patterns around the globe. We next identify four major research questions central to understanding recent research on cohabitation and synthesize the findings. Finally, we discuss several implications of the current state of knowledge about cohabitation.