Does premarital cohabitation predict subsequent marital stability and marital quality? A meta-analysis

Anita Jose, K. Daniel O'Leary, Anne Moyer

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Abstract

Cohabitation with a romantic partner has become common in recent decades. This meta-analysis examined the link between premarital cohabitation and marital stability (k = 16) and marital quality (k = 12). Cohabitation had a significant negative association with both marital stability and marital quality. The negative predictive effect on marital stability, however, did not remain when only cohabitation with the eventual marital partner was analyzed, suggesting that these cohabitors may attach more long-term meaning to living together. Moderator analyses demonstrated that effects of cohabitation have remained consistent over time, despite the fact that cohabitation has become more normative.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-116
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume72
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Cohabitation
  • Divorce
  • Meta-analysis
  • Relationship processes
  • Relationship quality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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