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Economic Factors and Relationship Quality Among Young Couples: Comparing Cohabitation and Marriage
Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
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Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 72, Issue 5, pages 1141–1154, October 2010
How to Cite
Halliday Hardie, J. and Lucas, A. (2010), Economic Factors and Relationship Quality Among Young Couples: Comparing Cohabitation and Marriage. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 1141–1154. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00755.x
This article was edited by Jay Teachman.
- Issue published online: 29 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
- relationship quality;
- socioeconomic status
Are economic resources related to relationship quality among young couples, and to what extent does this vary by relationship type? To answer these questions, we estimated regression models predicting respondent reports of conflict and affection in cohabiting and married partner relationships using the National Longitudinal Study of Youth, 1997 (NLSY97, N = 2,841) and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health, N = 1,702). We found that economic factors are an important predictor of conflict for both married and cohabiting couples. Affection was particularly responsive to human capital rather than short-term economic indicators. Economic hardship was associated with more conflict among married and cohabiting couples.