Effects of Cohabitation Length on Personal and Relational Well Being

The effects of cohabitation length prior to marriage were tested. The results indicated that greater length of cohabitation before marriage slightly increased respondents’ likelihood of managing conflicts with heated arguing, hitting and throwing. The longer respondents cohabited before marriage, the greater their likelihood for depression, dependency and perceived risk of separation. Conversely, current relationship satisfaction declined as cohabitation length before marriage increased.

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