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Anticipating marriage from cohabitation : is there a difference between men and women? Chan, Isabella S. W.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore sex differences in the expectation of marriage from cohabitation, commitment to the institution of marriage, and the report of being in love with cohabiting partner. The data came from questionnaires distributed at various classes held at the University of British Columbia. The 448 sample members included male and female students 27 years of age or under. To test the hypotheses, a series of bivariate correlations and multiple regression analyses were computed. The study found no differences between men and women in their expectation of marriage from cohabitation, commitment to the institution of marriage, and report of being in love with partner. In the post hoc findings, an interaction between sex and cohabitation experience on the expectation of marriage was found. Ever-cohabited female students were less likely to expect marriage from cohabitation than never-cohabited female students, a correlation not found in the male sample. The results of this study found some support for the self-selection hypothesis.

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