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The Timing of Cohabitation and Engagement: Impact on First and Second Marriages
Article first published online: 9 JUL 2010
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2010
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 72, Issue 4, pages 906–918, August 2010
How to Cite
Stanley, S. M., Rhoades, G. K., Amato, P. R., Markman, H. J. and Johnson, C. A. (2010), The Timing of Cohabitation and Engagement: Impact on First and Second Marriages. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 906–918. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00738.x
Department of Sociology and Crime, Law and Justice, 215 Oswald Tower, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 16802-6207 (email@example.com).
Department of Psychology, Frontier Hall, University of Denver, CO, 80208 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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This article was edited by Jay Teachman.
- Issue published online: 9 JUL 2010
- Article first published online: 9 JUL 2010
- family structure;
Using a multistate sample of marriages that took place in the 1990s, this study examined associations between premarital cohabitation history and marital quality in first (N = 437) and second marriages (N = 200) and marital instability in first marriages (intact N = 521, divorced N = 124). For first marriages, cohabiting with the spouse without first being engaged or married was associated with more negative interaction, higher self-reported divorce proneness, and a greater probability of divorce compared to cohabiting after engagement or marriage (with patterns in the same direction for marital positivity). In contrast, there was a general risk associated with premarital cohabitation for second marriages on self-reported indices of marital quality, with or without engagement when cohabitation began.