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|Type of Document
||Kleinhen, Rachel M.
||From cohabitation to marriage : couples' perceptions of the transition stage II of the family life cycle
||Family and Child Development
|Johnson, Scott W.
|Lichtman, Marilyn V.
|Protinsky, Howard O. Jr.
|Stremmel, Andrew J.
- Unmarried couples United States
- Life cycle - Human
|Date of Defense
Cohabitation, as a relationship form, is becoming much more common in
the United States. Approximately half of the persons currently in their
30s cohabit prior to marriage and more than half of all recent marriages
were preceded by cohabitation between those marrying. Through the use
of in-depth interviews I studied the transition between this new form of
"dating" and the traditional course of marriage. Couples who cohabited
with each other prior to their marriage were interviewed about how they
made the transition to marriage. Couples' perceptions are what changed
in the transition from cohabitation to marriage. The transition comes
about through the passage of time, through external events which make an
impact on the couple's relationship, and through beliefs about what
certain events and behaviors mean.
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