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The Long-Term Consequences of Relationship Formation for Subjective Well-Being
Article first published online: 1 DEC 2009
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2009
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 71, Issue 5, pages 1254–1270, December 2009
How to Cite
Soons, J. P. M., Liefbroer, A. C. and Kalmijn, M. (2009), The Long-Term Consequences of Relationship Formation for Subjective Well-Being. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71: 1254–1270. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00667.x
Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute
This article was edited by David Johnson.
- Issue published online: 1 DEC 2009
- Article first published online: 1 DEC 2009
- fixed effects models;
- union formation;
This study examines how relationship transitions affect subjective well-being (SWB) and how this effect changes over time. We used prospective data containing information about 18 years of young adults' lives (PSIN, N = 5, 514). SWB was measured with the Satisfaction with Life Scale. Within-person multilevel regression analyses showed that dating, unmarried cohabitation, and marriage had additional well-being enhancing effects. After entry into a union, well-being slowly decreased. A large SWB decrease was found after union dissolution, but through adaptation or repartnering well-being increased again. Well-being of never-married and never-cohabiting young adults decreased slowly over time. These effects were independent of parenthood and employment. Our results confirm expectations from the resources theory but contradict some assumptions of the set-point theory.