This article was edited by Cheryl Buehler.
Selection, Alignment, and Their Interplay: Origins of Lifestyle Homogamy in Couple Relationships
Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2010
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 72, Issue 5, pages 1234–1248, October 2010
How to Cite
Becker, O. A. and Lois, D. (2010), Selection, Alignment, and Their Interplay: Origins of Lifestyle Homogamy in Couple Relationships. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72: 1234–1248. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00761.x
- Issue published online: 29 SEP 2010
- Article first published online: 29 SEP 2010
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The present study examines different processes leading to lifestyle homogamy in married and cohabiting couples using data from the German Socioeconomic Panel (n = 3,490 couples). The analyses first suggest that alignment over time promotes homogamy of leisure-related lifestyles, especially with respect to action-oriented activities. However, intermediate stages in the life course (i.e., phases of active parenting and labor force participation) tend to inhibit alignment, whereas cues indicating a high-quality match (e.g., educational homogamy and being in a long-term or a marital relationship) promote alignment. Second, we find evidence for selection effects in that not only homogamy but also convergence of lifestyles over time may increase couples' resilience to relationship breakup.