, Volume 46, Issue 5, pp 429–436 | Cite as

Cohabitation, Marriage, and Child Wellbeing: A Cross-National Perspective

Social Science and Public Policy


Non-marital cohabitation has become widespread in modern, Western nations. It has led to dramatic declines in marriage rates and contributed to high levels of unwed births and lone-parent families, thus negatively affecting child wellbeing.


Cohabitation Marriage Child welfare Family 

Further Reading

  1. Booth, A. & Crouter, A. C. (Eds.) 2002. Just Living Together. Mahwah, NJ: L. Erlbaum Associates.Google Scholar
  2. Popenoe, D., & Whitehead, B. D. annual since 1999. The State of Our Unions. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University ( Scholar
  3. The State of the Nation Report: Fractured Families 2006. UK: The Social Policy Justice GroupGoogle Scholar
  4. Wilcox, W. B. 2005. Why Marriage Matters: Twenty Six Conclusions from the Social Sciences (2nd ed.). New York: Institute for American Values.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PrincetonUSA

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