Marriage and Cohabitation

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Index
Note: 1962 refers to events when the child was an infant; 1977 refers to events when the child was an adolescent; 1980 refers to events when the child was 18 years of age.
abortion, 68, 83, 313
abortion attitudes, effect on cohabitation behavior, 241, 254, 258–59
abstinence, 71
adolescent courtship experience: age at first dating, going steady, and sexual relations, 190–96; cumulative proportion experiencing cohabitation as first union by age at first sex and years since first sex, 195; cumulative proportion experiencing either cohabitation or marriage by age and first sex and years since first sex, 194; cumulative proportion experiencing marriage as first union by age at first sex and years since first sex, 195; description of factors, 361–62; importance of cognitive processes in relationships with union formation, 193; intensity of experience at age 18, 196–99; intensity of experience at age 18, positively associated with subsequent tempo of coresidential union formation, 196–97; percentage distribution of timing of first date, going steady, and sexual intercourse, 188; relation to entrance into marital and cohabiting unions, 191; relation to union formation stronger and more monotonic for cohabitation than for marriage, 192; relation to union formation substantially greater at younger ages, 206; total effects with minimum controls of timing on rates of entrance into marital and cohabiting unions (as competing destinations) and total rate of union formation, 191. See also courtship; dating; going steady
adolescent sexuality: explains part of influence of premarital sex and cohabitation attitudes on cohabitation behavior, 258; more strongly correlated with cohabitation shipsitation sinto marriage, 313
African Americans: declining rates of marriage and proportions remaining unmarried, 74; families more likely to be headed by women than white families, 74; pregnancy increases rates of marriage and rates of converting cohabitations into marriage, 208; premarital childbirth at young ages reduces rates of marriage, 208; rates of marriage lower than white rates, no
age at marriage: following World War II, 65; higher in United States than any previous time in history, 55; increased by parental educational attainment and grandmother religiosity, 148
age pattern of union formation, 100104
Ajzen, Icek, 12
Akerlof, George, 83
American family law, 60

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