Premarital Sex, Premarital Cohabitation, and the Risk of Subsequent Marital Dissolution Among Women

  title={Premarital Sex, Premarital Cohabitation, and the Risk of Subsequent Marital Dissolution Among Women},
  author={Jay D. Teachman},
  journal={Journal of Marriage and Family},
  • J. Teachman
  • Published 1 May 2003
  • Psychology
  • Journal of Marriage and Family
Using nationally representative data from the 1995 National Survey of Family Growth, I estimate the association between intimate premarital relationships (premarital sex and premarital cohabitation) and subsequent marital dissolution. I extend previous research by considering relationship histories pertaining to both premarital sex and premarital cohabitation. I find that premarital sex or premarital cohabitation that is limited to a woman's husband is not associated with an elevated risk of… 

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