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Is there a link between the divorce revolution and the cohabitation boom?

Is there a link between the divorce revolution and the cohabitation boom?
Is there a link between the divorce revolution and the cohabitation boom?
Over the past decades, divorce and cohabitation have increased dramatically throughout Europe. Divorce has fundamentally altered the institution of marriage from a life-long union to one that may dissolve. Cohabitation allows couples to live together without undertaking the vows of marriage, but also allows couples to avoid the potentially higher costs of divorce. Thus, divorce and cohabitation seem to be intrinsically linked. Here we theorize how the increase in divorce may be linked to the increase in cohabitation on the macro-, meso-, and micro- levels. Using focus group data from 8 countries, we explore how divorce may have changed attitudes and beliefs concerning marriage and cohabitation. We then investigate whether survey data and official statistics in 16 countries provide evidence consistent with a link. While exogenous factors have been important for the increase in cohabitation, we argue that the divorce revolution has been a catalyst for the cohabitation boom.
2042-4116
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ESRC Centre for Population Change
Perelli-Harris, Brienna
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Berrington, Ann
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Perelli-Harris, Brienna, Berrington, Ann, Sanchez Gassen, Nora, Galezewska, Paulina and Holland, Jennifer , Mcgowan, Teresa (ed.) (2016) Is there a link between the divorce revolution and the cohabitation boom? (ESRC Centre for Population Change Working Papers, 80) Southampton, GB. ESRC Centre for Population Change 48pp.

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Abstract

Over the past decades, divorce and cohabitation have increased dramatically throughout Europe. Divorce has fundamentally altered the institution of marriage from a life-long union to one that may dissolve. Cohabitation allows couples to live together without undertaking the vows of marriage, but also allows couples to avoid the potentially higher costs of divorce. Thus, divorce and cohabitation seem to be intrinsically linked. Here we theorize how the increase in divorce may be linked to the increase in cohabitation on the macro-, meso-, and micro- levels. Using focus group data from 8 countries, we explore how divorce may have changed attitudes and beliefs concerning marriage and cohabitation. We then investigate whether survey data and official statistics in 16 countries provide evidence consistent with a link. While exogenous factors have been important for the increase in cohabitation, we argue that the divorce revolution has been a catalyst for the cohabitation boom.

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Published date: 25 October 2016
Organisations: Social Statistics & Demography, Centre for Population Change

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Local EPrints ID: 402016
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/402016
ISSN: 2042-4116
PURE UUID: 0796c617-62f5-4aa8-a1c0-f0d479f97757
ORCID for Brienna Perelli-Harris: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-8234-4007
ORCID for Ann Berrington: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1683-6668

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Date deposited: 26 Oct 2016 13:42
Last modified: 12 Dec 2021 03:50

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Author: Ann Berrington ORCID iD
Author: Nora Sanchez Gassen
Author: Paulina Galezewska
Author: Jennifer Holland
Editor: Teresa Mcgowan

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