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A Study of Commitment and Relationship Quality in Sweden and Norway
Statistisk sentralbyrå, Oslo.
Statistisk sentralbyrå, Oslo.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Marriage and Family, ISSN 0022-2445, E-ISSN 1741-3737, Vol. 71, no 3, 465-477 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Scandinavian countries are often cited as examples of countries where cohabitation is largely indistinguishable from marriage. Using survey data from Norway and Sweden (N=2,923) we analyzed differences between cohabitors and married individuals in relationship seriousness, relationship satisfaction and dissolution plans. Our analyses reveal that cohabitors overall are less serious and less satisfied with their relationships and are more likely to consider ending their current relationship than are married respondents. The views of cohabitors who report that they intend to marry their current partner within 2 years, however, differ much less from those of married respondents than cohabitors with no marriage plans. This finding suggests that even in Scandinavia cohabitors are a heterogeneous group.

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2009. Vol. 71, no 3, 465-477 p.
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cohabitation, commitment, marriage, quality, satisfaction
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Sociology (excluding Social work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32605DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2009.00613.xISI: 000268589700003OAI: diva2:281083
Available from: 2009-12-14 Created: 2009-12-14 Last updated: 2012-10-22Bibliographically approved

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