Volume 15 - Article 10 | Pages 311-328

A gender perspective on preferences for marriage among cohabitating couples

By Anne Reneflot

Print this page  Send this article to a friend  Twitter

 

 
Date received:23 Feb 2006
Date published:31 Oct 2006
Word count:4742
Keywords:children, cohabitation, gender, marriage, marriage preferences
DOI:10.4054/DemRes.2006.15.10
 

Abstract

This paper addresses the sex differences in cohabiters’ marriage preferences, which have received very little attention in the family literature. According to Norwegian survey data from 1996, cohabiting men are more hesitant to marry than cohabiting women. For example, childless male cohabiters are more worried than their female partner that another lifestyle will be expected after a marriage, and they voice more doubt about the value of the relationship.
This could mean that the men generally are more individualistically oriented and therefore more attracted to single life than the women. In-depth interviews support this, and also suggest that men are less willing to yield to a normative pressure to marry. On the other hand, women were more concerned with the costs of the wedding.

Author's Affiliation

Anne Reneflot - Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Norway [Email]

Most recent similar articles in Demographic Research

» Digit preferences in marriage formation in Sweden: Millennium marriages and birthday peaks
Volume 30 - Article 25    | Keywords: cohabitation, marriage

» Pathways to marriage and cohabitation in Central America
Volume 30 - Article 6    | Keywords: cohabitation, marriage

» Declining health disadvantage of non-marital children: Explanation of the trend in the Czech Republic 1990-2010
Volume 29 - Article 25    | Keywords: cohabitation, marriage

» Educational Differences in Divorce in Japan
Volume 28 - Article 6    | Keywords: gender, marriage

» Disentangling how educational expansion did not increase women's age at union formation in Latin America from 1970 to 2000
Volume 28 - Article 3    | Keywords: cohabitation, marriage

Articles

»Volume 15

 

Citations

 

 

Similar Articles

 

 

Jump to Article

Volume Page
Volume Article ID