Understanding the decision to marry versus cohabit: the role of interpersonal dedication and constraints and the impact on life satisfaction

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dc.contributor.author Johnson, Matthew D.
dc.contributor.author Anderson, Jared R.
dc.contributor.author Aducci, C. J.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-20T19:56:50Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-20T19:56:50Z
dc.date.issued 2013-09-20
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2097/16495
dc.description.abstract The current study explored men's and women's reasons for choosing to marry rather than to cohabit using a national data set (n = 786) of adults who were currently married or had been married previously. Using commitment theory participant's open-ended reasons for choosing to marry were coded into categories of either interpersonal dedication or constraint commitment. A variety of demographic, attitudinal, and relationship history variables were then used to predict commitment type. The influence of commitment type during the decision to marry on life satisfaction was also explored. Results indicate that current marital status (being married vs. being divorced or separated) and cohabiting before marriage were the strongest predictors of interpersonal dedication reasons for marriage for both men and women. Level of conventionality and parents' marital status also emerged as significant predictors of constraint commitment. Finally, marrying for reasons related to interpersonal dedication significantly predicted higher life satisfaction for men but not for women. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01494929.2011.564525 en_US
dc.rights This is an electronic version of an article published in Marriage & Family Review, 47(2), 73-89. Marriage & Family Review is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01494929.2011.564525 en_US
dc.subject Constraints en_US
dc.subject Interpersonal dedication en_US
dc.subject Life satisfaction en_US
dc.subject Marriage en_US
dc.subject Cohabitation en_US
dc.title Understanding the decision to marry versus cohabit: the role of interpersonal dedication and constraints and the impact on life satisfaction en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US
dc.date.published 2011 en_US
dc.citation.doi doi:10.1080/01494929.2011.564525 en_US
dc.citation.epage 89 en_US
dc.citation.issue 2 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle Marriage & Family Review en_US
dc.citation.spage 73 en_US
dc.citation.volume 47 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid jra en_US


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