Department of Sociology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, P.O. Box 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Relationship Quality in Marital and Cohabiting Unions Across Europe
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2012
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2012
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 74, Issue 3, pages 389–398, June 2012
How to Cite
Aarskaug Wiik, K., Keizer, R. and Lappegård, T. (2012), Relationship Quality in Marital and Cohabiting Unions Across Europe. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74: 389–398. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.00967.x
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This article was edited by Cheryl Buehler.
- Issue published online: 24 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2012
- relationship quality
In this study, the authors used data from the first wave of the Generations and Gender Survey to investigate relationship quality among currently married and cohabiting individuals ages 18 to 55 (N = 41,760) in 8 European countries (Bulgaria, France, Germany, Hungary, Norway, Romania, Russia, and The Netherlands). They expected to find fewer differences between cohabitation and marriage in countries where cohabitation is widespread. Controlling for a range of selection characteristics of respondents and their partners (e.g., common children, union duration, and education), the analyses showed that in all countries cohabiters more often had breakup plans and were less satisfied with their relationships than individuals who married. This cohabitation gap in relationship quality was largest in Russia, Romania, and Germany, which indeed were among the countries in the current sample where cohabitation was least prevalent.