Special Collection 19

New Relationships from a Comparative Perspective

Published 05 July 2017

This Special Collection of Demographic Research – edited by Anne-Rigt Poortman and Belinda Hewitt – examines cross-national differences in how traditional marriage differs from emerging new relationship types. Besides the cross-national approach, the contributions go beyond previous research by shifting the focus from the often studied differences in social-demographic behavior or well-being to differences in how couples negotiate and give form to their relationship in daily life and people’s relationships with their extended family. In addition, some contributions include living-apart-together (LAT) relationships besides the more often studied cohabiting relationships. This collection shows that attitudes towards non-marital relationships are becoming more tolerant across many countries. However, evidence about the strength of marriage norms is mixed and, compared to marriage, important differences in the conduct and negotiation of new relationships are also apparent. The differences between marriage and new relationships are found to depend upon the country context.

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05 July 2017 | editorial

Editorial for Special Collection on New Relationships from a Comparative Perspective

Anne-Rigt Poortman, Belinda Hewitt

Volume: 37 Article ID: 2
Pages: 13–24
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2017.37.2

14 May 2014 | research article

Attitudes on marriage and new relationships: Cross-national evidence on the deinstitutionalization of marriage

Judith Treas, Jonathan Lui, Zoya Gubernskaya

Volume: 30 Article ID: 54
Pages: 1495–1526
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.30.54

15 May 2014 | research article

Income pooling strategies among cohabiting and married couples: A comparative perspective

Nicole Hiekel, Aart C. Liefbroer, Anne-Rigt Poortman

Volume: 30 Article ID: 55
Pages: 1527–1560
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.30.55

22 July 2014 | research article

Disagreements among cohabiting and married couples in 22 European countries

Tanja van der Lippe, Marieke Voorpostel, Belinda Hewitt

Volume: 31 Article ID: 10
Pages: 247–274
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.31.10

08 May 2014 | research article

Children’s union status and contact with mothers: A cross-national study

Jenjira Yahirun, Dana Hamplová

Volume: 30 Article ID: 51
Pages: 1413–1444
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.30.51

13 January 2015 | research article

The reproductive context of cohabitation in comparative perspective: Contraceptive use in the United States, Spain, and France

Megan Sweeney, Teresa Castro Martín, Melinda Mills

Volume: 32 Article ID: 5
Pages: 147–182
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.32.5

11 July 2014 | research article

Gender and time allocation of cohabiting and married women and men in France, Italy, and the United States

Suzanne Bianchi, Laurent Lesnard, Tiziana Nazio, Sara Raley

Volume: 31 Article ID: 8
Pages: 183–216
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.31.8

28 January 2015 | research article

Why do intimate partners live apart? Evidence on LAT relationships across Europe

Aart C. Liefbroer, Anne-Rigt Poortman, Judith Seltzer

Volume: 32 Article ID: 8
Pages: 251–286
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2015.32.8

03 July 2014 | research article

Do coresidence and intentions make a difference? Relationship satisfaction in married, cohabiting, and living apart together couples in four countries

Tsui-o Tai, Janeen Baxter, Belinda Hewitt

Volume: 31 Article ID: 3
Pages: 71–104
DOI: 10.4054/DemRes.2014.31.3

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