Sliding Versus Deciding : Inertia and the Premarital Cohabitation Effect *

@inproceedings{Stanley2006SlidingVD,
  title={Sliding Versus Deciding : Inertia and the Premarital Cohabitation Effect *},
  author={Scott M. Stanley and Rhoades and Howard J. Markman},
  year={2006}
}
Premarital cohabitation has consistently been found to be associated with increased risk for divorce and marital distress in the United States. Two explanations for this ‘‘cohabitation effect’’ are discussed: selection and experience. We present an empirically based view of how the experience of cohabitation may increase risk for relationship distress or divorce for some people beyond what is accounted for by selection. Specifically, using a commitment framework, we suggest that some couples… CONTINUE READING

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