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Qualitative reports of problems in cohabiting relationships: comparisons to married and dating relationships.
J Fam Psychol. 2009 Apr; 23(2):236-46.JF

Abstract

Although previous research has demonstrated increased relationship distress and separation for cohabiting couples, little is known about specific problems cohabiting individuals encounter in comparison to dating and married individuals. This study examines open-ended reports of 1,252 individuals' (220 dating, 231 cohabiting, and 801 married) relationship concerns using a detailed, reliable coding system. The top 5 areas considered most problematic by cohabiting individuals were problems in specific areas of their current relationship, individual problems, general communication, arguments, and emotional affection-distance. Dating and cohabiting individuals reported similar frequencies of global problems except that cohabiting individuals reported more problems with arguments and fewer problems with relationship commitment. Married and cohabiting individuals had more differences in their reports of relationship concerns; results suggested that cohabiting relationships tended to be both more vibrant and more volatile than marital relationships. However, most differences between relationship types were no longer significant after controlling for individuals' relationship and demographic characteristics.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4235, USA. ahsueh@tamu.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Comparative Study
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19364217

Citation

Hsueh, Annie C., et al. "Qualitative Reports of Problems in Cohabiting Relationships: Comparisons to Married and Dating Relationships." Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), vol. 23, no. 2, 2009, pp. 236-46.
Hsueh AC, Morrison KR, Doss BD. Qualitative reports of problems in cohabiting relationships: comparisons to married and dating relationships. J Fam Psychol. 2009;23(2):236-46.
Hsueh, A. C., Morrison, K. R., & Doss, B. D. (2009). Qualitative reports of problems in cohabiting relationships: comparisons to married and dating relationships. Journal of Family Psychology : JFP : Journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 23(2), 236-46. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0015364
Hsueh AC, Morrison KR, Doss BD. Qualitative Reports of Problems in Cohabiting Relationships: Comparisons to Married and Dating Relationships. J Fam Psychol. 2009;23(2):236-46. PubMed PMID: 19364217.
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