Is marriage more than cohabitation?: well-being differences in 30 European countries

J.P.M. Soons, M. Kalmijn

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The study aims to assess, first, whether there is a gap in well-being between unmarried cohabitants and the married, second, if selection factors can explain this so-called cohabitation gap, and third, if the size of the cohabitation gap differs across countries and how this can be explained.We use pooled data from young adults (18 – 44) in 3 rounds of the European Social Survey (N ≈ 31,500). Multilevel regression analyses show that there is a moderate cohabitation gap that can be partly explained with the selection factors material resources and religiosity. Country differences were clear and could partly be explained with the level of institutionalization: In countries where cohabitation is more accepted and more prevalent, the cohabitation gap is smaller.
Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)1141-1157
TijdschriftJournal of Marriage and Family
Volume71
Nummer van het tijdschrift5
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - 2009

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