Presented by the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center on April 23, 2008, this webinar discusses key findings from recent research on the outcomes of unmarried cohabitation, implications of cohabitation research for marriage education programming, and the relationship between cohabitation and marital and child well-being. The first presentation is offered by Dr. Wendy Manning, Professor of Sociology at Boulder State University, Director for the Center and Family of Demographic Research, and Co-Director of the National Center for Marriage Research. She discusses marital trends that indicate an increase in the average age of first marriage, an increase in the age at motherhood, and an increase and growth in cohabitation. Statistics are cited that show there are over 5 million cohabiting couple households in the United States and 40% of involve children. Reasons why couple cohabitate are discussed, and the non-deliberate slide into cohabitation is noted. Additional information is provided on the expectation of most people who are cohabiting to marry, serial cohabitation, the decline in the proportion of cohabitating couples who move into marriage, and the higher rate of family break-ups in cohabiting families. The second presentation is offered by Dr. Scott Stanley, Research Professor and Co-Director of The Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver. He discusses the cohabitation effect, the paradoxical finding that those who live together prior to marriage are generally at greater risk for marital breakup and lower marital quality. Answers to questions posed by webinar participants and a transcript of the webinar are included.
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Research Update: Cohabitation -- What Can We Learn From the Latest Research Findings. Webinar presented by the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center, April 23, 2008 [Streaming Video, Streaming Audio, PowerPoint, and Transcript].