1 Correction to: European Journal of Population https://doi.org/10.1007/s10680-014-9321-1
Cross-national research comparing unmarried cohabitation across contexts that vary in its societal diffusion has tended to assign one predominant meaning to cohabitation for a whole country. Overlooking the heterogeneity between individuals in cohabiting unions leads to findings that challenge the validity of these typologies. Hiekel, Liefbroer, and Poortman (2014) propose a typology of meanings of cohabitation based on how cohabiters currently view their union, as defined by self-reported intentions to marry and attitudes toward the institution of marriage.
In Table 2, Hiekel et al. present the empirical classification of cohabiters into different types of cohabitation based on the response patterns to three indicators: marital intentions, attitudes toward the institution of marriage, and perceived economic deprivation. The text on page 400 correctly states that the classification as “conformist” is based on positive intentions to marry as well as agreeing that marriage is an outdated institution, while perceived economic deprivation is not considered. In the said table, however, the indicator for the marital attitude is set on “No,” while “Yes” would be correct. In sum, while the reported value on the variable in the table is erroneous, the description of this type’s operationalization presented in the text accompanying the table is correct. This erratum therefore contains a corrected version of Table 2 of the original publication of the Hiekel et al. (2014) study.
In Table 3 on page 400, Hiekel et al. present the percent distribution of different meanings of cohabitation including an entropy measure of variation for n = 10 countries and n = 9,113 cohabiters. The formula to obtain the entropy measure is correct and can be found in footnote 1 on page 403. The reported results on the entropy measure in the said table are not correct. The text that reports and interprets the results on page 403 refers to the numbers of the correct calculation of the entropy measures. In sum, while the reported numbers of the entropy measures in the table are erroneous, the conclusions drawn and presented in the text accompanying the table are correct.
This erratum therefore contains a corrected version of Table 3 of the original publication of the Hiekel et al. (2014) study.
The authors extend their sincere gratitude to Klára Reimerová for her vigilant and keen observation regarding two errors in the publication. Her dedication to ensure the accuracy and integrity of our work is truly appreciated.
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Hiekel, N., Liefbroer, A.C. & Portman, AR. Correction to: Understanding Diversity in the Meaning of Cohabitation Across Europe. Eur J Population 40, 2 (2024). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10680-023-09688-x