Summary: Study finds cohabitation before engagement associated with less marital content and a higher risk for divorce.

  •  The University of Denver Study found that “Those who cohabited before engagement (43.1%) reported lower marital satisfaction, dedication, and confidence as well more negative communication and greater proneness for divorce than those who cohabited only after engagement (16.4%) or not at all until marriage (40.5%).” This study reaches very similar conclusions of previous research on how cohabitation negatively impacts marital satisfaction. [1]

    [1] “The Pre-engagement Cohabitation Effect:  A Replication and Extension of Previous Findings”  J Fam Psychol. 2009 February ; 23(1): 107-111. doi:10.1037/a0014358.


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