Cohabitors’ Reasons for Living Together, Satisfaction with Sacrifices, and Relationship Quality

Chiung Ya Tang, Melissa Curran, Analisa Arroyo

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Abstract

The purpose of our study was to identify both negative and positive associations of cohabitation with relationship quality. Using a sample of 280 cohabitors, we examined how reasons for cohabitation (i.e., spending time together, testing the relationship, and convenience) are associated with relationship quality (i.e., commitment, satisfaction, ambivalence, and conflict) as moderated by satisfaction with sacrifices. Results showed that a higher score on spending time together as a reason for cohabitation was linked with greater commitment and satisfaction and lower ambivalence and conflict, even when cohabitors reported lower satisfaction with sacrifices. In contrast, a higher score on testing the relationship as a reason for cohabitation was linked with more ambivalence regardless of the level of satisfaction with sacrifices. Finally, a higher score on convenience as a reason for cohabitation was linked with lower commitment, including when cohabitors reported lower satisfaction with sacrifices. Collectively, our results are important in demonstrating the positive and negative aspects of cohabitation in association with relationship quality and when satisfaction with sacrifices moderates such associations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)598-620
Number of pages23
JournalMarriage and Family Review
Volume50
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 3 2014

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Keywords

  • cohabitation
  • reasons for cohabitation
  • relational sacrifices relational sacrifices
  • relationship quality
  • satisfaction with sacrifices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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