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Introduction

Arland Thornton, William G. Axinn and Yu Xie

in Marriage and Cohabitation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780226798660
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226798684 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226798684.003.0001
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This book focuses on the ways in which the marriage and cohabitation decisions of young people are influenced by their personal circumstances, experiences, attitudes, and the larger family system, investigating a wide range of these causal influences. It evaluates the family and personal characteristics of individuals who participated in these changes, focusing on factors that predict young people's entrance into marital and cohabiting unions. The book investigates the tempo of forming marital and cohabiting unions, the choice between cohabitation and marriage, and the transformation of cohabiting unions into marriage. It provides a comprehensive analysis of forces shaping young people's decisions to enter marital and cohabiting relationships. Since these decisions have their roots quite early in adulthood, sometimes as early as in adolescence, the book begins by considering the influence of parents as well as that of the young adults on these decisions.

Keywords: marriage; cohabitation; experiences; attitudes; family; young people; parents

Chapter.  7862 words. 

Subjects: Population and Demography

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