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Dating mate selection and living together

Brown and Booth (1996) reported that while as many as 75 percent of cohabitors reported plans to marry their dating partners, only about half of them actually wed.

The goals of this chapter are to highlight the importance of a communication perspective on cohabitation and suggest future avenues for research.

Taken together, the descriptive findings about cohabitation highlight the diversity of the cohabitation experience and allow us to draw conclusions about how cohabitation fits into relationship development.

More specifically, previous research suggests that cohabitation is a fluid and evolving part of dating relationships, which takes different forms and performs different functions.

Approximately 66 percent of teenagers in one study thought that it was fine for partners to live together without being married (Flanigan, Huffman, & Smith, 2005). suggest that cohabitation has unmistakably altered dating, marriage, and family formation and become a normative part of dating.

Taken together, current behavioral trends and perceptions in the U. Given the prevalence and increased acceptance of cohabitation while dating, incorporating cohabitation into research on romantic and family relationships is crucial to understanding relationship development.

As Sassler (2004) stated, the absence of more extensive research on the cohabitation process “precludes the development of relationship models that might better predict union outcomes and relationship stability” (p. Communication scholars are uniquely qualified to fill the gaps in cohabitation research.

As we will show, the success and progression of cohabiting relationships are highly dependent on communication processes.

A second group was called tentative cohabitors, who dated seven to 12 months before moving in, had not previously lived with anyone, and were unsure whether cohabitation was right for them.