ESSay on Does Cohabitation Matter?
According to James and Beattie (2012), cohabitation has increased over the past 50 years in American families and is considered one of the rapidest growing family forms in the United States, as well as, the most dramatic alteration in family structure affecting the life course of American families today. A similar research on cohabitation conducted by Kennedy and Bumpass (2008) revealed that three fifths of woman who married between 1997 and 2001 were cohabitating prior to marriage, with Chandra et al. (2005) indicating that the majority of emerging adults have cohabitated at some point in their lives. However, cohabitation is not a novel topic in today’s social settings. Scholarly research on the effects of cohabitation on subsequent martial success and happiness exist in discordant fields, albeit these studies are contradictory in their findings. For instance, while Legkauskas (2008) argues that cohabitation does not impact the success of marriage, Tolson (2000) estimates that 55% of cohabiting relationships lead to marriage and 40% of cohabiting relationships end within 5 years. Cohabitation as a form of social relation has been espoused by numerous scholars as a necessary step couples ought to take before marriage. The implied outcome by these scholars is that cohabitation leads to lasting marriages. Notwithstanding, an equally vital and salient outcome or finding of research done by other scholars is the negative outcomes of cohabitation.ESSay on Does Cohabitation Matter?
In “Does Cohabitation Matter?” I hope to share my completed research through a poster presentation. The goal of this presentation is to start a constructive conversation about cohabitation in relation to relationship satisfaction before and after marriage, should cohabitation lead to marriage. After viewing this presentation, attendees will get a vivid view of whether cohabitation impacts relationship satisfaction and how race and ethnicity among other personal factors impact the role of cohabitation in attaining relationship satisfaction among cohabitating and married couples. It is proposed in this presentation that race and ethnicity essentially reflect a cultural context involving many different aspects of individual and social life, all of which can have a significant influence on the roles and implications of cohabitation. The attendees will also infer from this presentation the variance in happiness with life in general between cohabitating and married couples in distinct cultural contexts, whereby “cultural context” in this presentation is defined by the country of residence. While the attendees will see from this presentation that there is no difference between married and cohabitating couple’s relationship satisfaction, they will also see that there is a substantial gap in relationship satisfaction between married and cohabitating couples among Whites and non-Hispanics but not in the other racial and ethnic groups as a result of discordant cultural context.
I am interested in sharing what I have learned and I believe that I will be able to grow as a researcher by engaging the attendees in conversations regarding pertinent theories and methods. More so, I hope that attendees will benefit socially and intellectually from this presentation.ESSay on Does Cohabitation Matter?
Keywords: cohabitation, marriage, satisfaction, relationship, race and ethnicity.