Cohabitation and attitudes toward cohabitation have been of interest to social scientists since the 1970s. Early research on cohabitation concentrated on college aged students enrolled at institutions of higher learning. This trend was due to convenience sampling (Trost, 1978). Later research demonstrated the college population represented less than half of the total number of cohabitating persons. With the growth in numbers of persons who are choosing to cohabitate versus marrying, this study examines current attitudes towards cohabitation. This research augments the existing literature on attitudes toward cohabitation in the following ways: (1) it updates the current research on the attitudes toward cohabitation by using the 2012 General Social Survey, (2) it examines cohort differences in attitudes toward cohabitation among the four major birth cohorts in our society today (i.e., the Silent Generation, the Baby Boomer cohort, Generation X, and the Millennial cohort), and (3) it controls for other factors that affect attitudes toward cohabitation.
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Master of Arts (M.A.)
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Shields-Dutton, Kensington, "Attitudes Toward Cohabitation: A Cross Sectional Study" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4982.