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Cohabitation and Marriage in America

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Access to Files:Data and Documentation
Title:Cohabitation and Marriage in America
Study Number:1163
Catalog Date:12/15/2004
Primary Investigator(s):Smock, Pamela J., and Wendy Manning
Source:PSC
Access Restrictions:Yes
Abstract:This project collects and analyzes qualitative data from focus groups and in-depth interviews with young Latino, African American, and non-Latino white men and women, and with both partners in dating, cohabiting, and married couples, to address three questions: (1) Why and how do cohabiting unions begin? (2) What partner and parenting roles are assumed in cohabiting unions? (3) Why and how do cohabiting unions end? Our objectives for collecting qualitative data on cohabitation include: to improve understanding of an important new living arrangement affecting increasing numbers of adults and children; to develop more accurate and richer theories of union formation and union stability; to create better conceptualizations and measurements of cohabitation; and to facilitate more precise interpretations of findings from quantitative analyses of survey or Census data. This project is part of the research team's larger and continuing endeavor to understand the implications of marriage, divorce, childbearing, and unmarried cohabitation among diverse populations in the contemporary United States.
Universe:White, African American, and Latino men and women, ages 18-35, residing in Southeastern Michigan and Northern Ohio.

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