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Transitions Into and Out of Cohabitation in Later Life.
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PMID:  23226875     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Cohabitation among adults over age 50 is rising rapidly, more than doubling from 1.2 million in 2000 to 2.75 million in 2010. A small literature provides a descriptive portrait of older cohabitors, but no study has investigated transitions into and out of cohabitation during later life. Drawing on demographic and life course perspectives, the authors developed a framework for conceptualizing later life union behaviors. Using data from the 1998 - 2006 Health and Retirement Study, they estimated discrete -time event-history models predicting union formation (i.e., cohabitation or marriage) among older unmarried individuals (N = 3,736) as well as transitions to either marriage or separation among older cohabitors (N = 377). Those who formed a union were as likely to be in a cohabiting relationship as a marriage. Older adult cohabiting unions were quite stable and unlikely to culminate in either marriage or separation. During later life, cohabitation appears to operate as a long-term alternative to marriage.
Susan L Brown; Jennifer Roebuck Bulanda; Gary R Lee
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Title:  Journal of marriage and the family     Volume:  74     ISSN:  0022-2445     ISO Abbreviation:  J Marriage Fam     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
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Created Date:  2012-12-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0375376     Medline TA:  J Marriage Fam     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  774-793     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Sociology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403.
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