Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Amsterdam, OZ Achterburgwal 185, 1012 DK Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Assortative Mating Among Dutch Married and Cohabiting Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples
Version of Record online: 13 JAN 2014
Copyright © National Council on Family Relations, 2014
Journal of Marriage and Family
Volume 76, Issue 1, pages 1–12, February 2014
How to Cite
Verbakel, E. and Kalmijn, M. (2014), Assortative Mating Among Dutch Married and Cohabiting Same-Sex and Different-Sex Couples. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76: 1–12. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12084
This article was edited by Kelly Raley.
- Issue online: 13 JAN 2014
- Version of Record online: 13 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 25 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Received: 20 AUG 2012
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The authors compared male and female same-sex and different-sex couples in the Netherlands with respect to age and educational homogamy. Because many same-sex couples in the Netherlands are married, differences between married and cohabiting couples were analyzed for all 3 groups. Analyses of data from the Dutch Labor Force Surveys 2001–2007 (N = 184,999 couples) showed that male same-sex couples are less homogamous in terms of age and education than different-sex couples. Female same-sex couples are less homogamous in terms of age, but not in terms of education. No meaningful differences were found between married couples and cohabiting couples. Partnership status appeared less important than the sex composition of the couple. Given the relatively tolerant climate toward homosexuals in the Netherlands, the similarity of the results with those yielded by studies conducted in the United States may be considered striking.