Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cohabiting Leads to Difficulty in Marriage

Cohabitors experienced significantly more difficulty in their [relationships] with adultery, alcohol, drugs, and independence than couples who had not cohabited.  Apparently this makes marriage preceded by cohabitation more prone to problems often associated with other deviant lifestyles -- for example, use of drugs and alcohol, more permissive sexual relationships, and an abhorrence of dependence -- than marriages not preceded by cohabitation.

Michael D.  Newcomb and P. M. Bentler, "Assessment of Personality and Demographic Aspects of Cohabitation and Marital Success," Journal of Personality Assessment, 44 (1980): 11-24.  Cited by  Glenn T. Stanton, The Ring Makes All the Difference, pg.44

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