Publication: The Rise in Divorce and Cohabitation: Is There a Link?

Title: The Rise in Divorce and Cohabitation: Is There a Link?
Authors: Brienna Perelli-Harris, Ann Berrington, Paulina Galezewska, Nora Sánchez Gassen and Jennifer A. Holland
Journal: Population and Development Review. 43(2): 303-29. DOI 10.1111/padr.12063
**A Population and Development Review Top-10 most downloaded article 2017.
Abstract: Over the past decades, divorce and cohabitation have increased dramatically throughout Europe. While previous theories of family change have recognized the parallel increase in divorce and cohabitation, few have postulated a direct relationship between the two. Here we explore the idea of a direct link by identifying causal pathways, for example through divorce reform, shifts in attitudes, the experience of divorce, and intergenerational transmission. We draw on quantitative and qualitative data to provide evidence. Using partnership histories from 14 countries in Europe, we describe the link from a number of analytical perspectives. Using focus group data from 8 European countries, we illustrate how divorce has changed social attitudes relating to marriage and cohabitation. Although trends and explanations may differ across countries, our investigation provides general insights into why cohabitation has increased.
International Seminar on Separation, Divorce, Repartnering and Remarriage around the World, IUSSP Scientific Panel on Nuptiality,
 Montreal, Canada
Population Association of America Annual Meetings, San Diego, CA, USA (2015)
British Society for Population Studies Annual Meeting, Winchester, UK (2014)


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