Effects of intimacy in premarital dating and success in relationships
S Census, nearly half of all marriages end in divorce.
With such a high rate of divorce, a bit of skepticism and concern about entering into matrimonial bonds is appropriate.
At the same time, high rates of alcohol and substance abuse were thought to increase the chances of young adults engaging in unsafe sex with multiple partners.
New research from a longitudinal study of over 1,000 New Zealanders shows that, surprisingly, neither of these assertions is true.
This preparedness and confidence should thus lead to lower divorce rates for those who cohabitated before marriage than those who did not cohabitate.
Research has shown, however, that in this case common sense is wrong. My first thought when stumbling upon this little statistic was, “That can’t be right!
People may have a harder time cutting their losses when they think about all the time, energy, and money they put into the relationship, even cutting their losses will save them more heartache in the future. Indeed, according to a recent talk I attended, two thirds of American will cohabitate with a relationship partner, and one half of marriages emerge from cohabitation.Following common sense, it would seem that those who cohabitate before marriage would be more prepared for and confident about marriage having already lived together.Women may eventually propel their less-dedicated partners into rockier marriages. The bottom line: Premarital cohabitation is thought to be a practical and smart choice for a majority of people today.