Personal Traits, Cohabitation, and Marriage

Citation

French, Michael T.; Popovici, Ioana; Robins, Philip K.; & Homer, Jenny F. (2014). Personal Traits, Cohabitation, and Marriage. Social Science Research. vol. 45 pp. 184-199

Abstract

This study examines how personal traits affect the likelihood of entering into a cohabitating or marital relationship using a competing risk survival model with cohabitation and marriage as competing outcomes. The data are from Waves 1, 3, and 4 of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, a rich dataset with a large sample of young adults (N=9,835). A personal traits index is constructed from interviewer-assessed scores on the respondents’ physical attractiveness, personality, and grooming. Having a higher score on the personal traits index is associated with a greater hazard of entering into a marital relationship for men and women, but the score does not have a significant influence on entering into a cohabitating relationship. Numerous sensitivity tests support the core findings.

URL

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0049089X14000210

Keyword(s)

Marriage

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Science Research

Author(s)

French, Michael T.
Popovici, Ioana
Robins, Philip K.
Homer, Jenny F.

Year Published

2014

Volume Number

45

Pages

184-199

DOI

10.1016/j.ssresearch.2014.01.002

Reference ID

4816