Together is better?: effects of relationship status and resources on young adults' well-being

J.P.M. Soons, A.C. Liefbroer

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Abstract

This study examines differences in well-being among young adults across relationship status. Multilevel regression analyses on two waves of data of the Dutch Panel Study of Social Integration (N = 2818) show that singles have the lowest level of well-being, followed by young adults who are steady dating, and cohabitors. Married young adults have the highest level. These differences are partially mediated by differences between young adults in their access to valued material, personal and social resources. Furthermore, the availability of some resources is more important for the well-being of young adults in a certain relationship status than for those in another relationship status. Gender differences are also discussed. KEY WORDS: cohabitation • dating • marriage • life satisfaction • resource • single • subjective well-being • young adult
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)603-624
JournalJournal of Social and Personal Relationships
Volume25
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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