Post # 1
This article, whose data is from a 2002 study, is a very interesting synopsis of the probability of Couples who Cohabitate are to get married.
Did anyone else read the article or thumb through the report? Care to discuss?
I found it really interesting that a higher percentage of women whose parents lived together at age 14 were MORE LIKELY to stay with their spouse 10+ years whereas the data for men seems unfazed by whether or not their parents were together at 14.
read the report: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_23/sr23_028.pdf
Post # 3
Great article and it kind of flys in the face of what some churches tell you the research is. But like any “research” quoting statistics always remember numbers can be manipulated.
Thanks for posting this- I really love reading marriage-related articles.
Post # 4
not a problem! i hope more people read!
Post # 5
I did a big research project/paper for a psychology of motivation class last semester on communication in marriage. One of my topics within the research was cohabitation. While some studies did find that couples who cohabitate prior to marriage have higher divorce rates, every study I researched was quick to say it wasn’t for reasons usually thrown out there (like boredom or poor communication).
In fact, a lot of the more recent studies I looked into stated that cohabiting couples actually have higher marriage rates and more “successful” marriages (in terms of happiness ratings, intimacy levels, etc).
If anyone wants more on this topic, I’d be glad to share the research I used (all from scientific, approved journals), and even my paper.
Good point, snake! Glad people are brining this up and showing that “popular” belief is actually wrong on this one!
Post # 6
I’ve seen the CDC report a few times. The best way to use it is to find your demographic to see where you stand. Fiance and I have it going for us that our parents are still married, we were raised Catholic, both have a college degree and are over 25.
But regarding the cohabitation issue, our marriage counselor said that there is no differnce in success rates for people who live together before marriage or do not. You have to learn to live with someone else, be able to communicate and work out differences. Living together before hand doesn’t automatically teach you those things.
Post # 7
Yea I’m not sure I believe that. I’ve seen plenty of couples that lived together and split. My momma always told me “why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free” and in my personal observations I’ve found this to be true. The ONLY case I know of a couple living together that actually got married was my brother & his wife, they lived together 2 whole months before they got married- and no she wasn’t pregnant, they’d already been planning on their wedding. However I know my parents would all but disown me if I went to live with my fiance before we were married even though we’ve been together 4yrs.